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Alogia

Posted by Laura on October 5, 2010

From Wikipedia:

In psychology, alogia (Greek α-, “without”, and λόγος, “speech”[1]), or poverty of speech, is a general lack of additional, unprompted content seen in normal speech. As a symptom, it is commonly seen in patients suffering from schizophrenia, and is considered as a negative symptom. It can complicate psychotherapy severely because of the considerable difficulty in holding a fluent conversation.

People can revert to alogia as a way of reverse psychology, or avoiding questions.

– I love this example!

Example of alogia
Alogia Normal speech
Q: Do you have any children?
A: Yes.
Q: How many?
A: Two.
Q: How old are they?
A: Six and sixteen.
Q: Are they boys or girls?
A: One of each.
Q: Who is the sixteen year old?
A: The boy.
Q: What is his name?
A: Edmond.
Q: And the girl’s?
A: Alice.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: Yes, a boy and a girl.
Q: How old are they?
A: Edmond is sixteen and Alice is six.

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