Aim of this study is to investigate the relationship of alexithymia and emotional intelligence among subjects engaged in sports. One hundred fourteen females (30.8%) and 256 (69.2%) males, totally 370 subjects were completed the 41 items revised Schutte self-report emotional intelligence test. Those of 76 (26.5%) females and 211 (73.5%) males, totally 287 participants completed the 20 items 5-points likert Toronto Alexithymia Scale were included in this study. Pearson correlation analysis was used to compare the scale scores. Internal consistency was evaluated for the subscales and entire of the test. Internal consistency was compared with the gender groups using one-way multi-variate variance analysis. The examination of the three-factor structure of the test for subscales and internal consistency is as follows: optimism/mood regulation 0.79, utilization of emotions 0.33, appraisal of emotions 0.75, and for the entire of the scale 0.85. The internal consistency for alexithymia was as follows: difficulty identifying feelings 0.78, difficulty describing feelings 0.44, externally oriented cognitive style 0.17, and the score 0.69. The correlation for the scores of Toronto Alexithymia Scale and revised Schutte Emotional Intelligence Test as expected was -0.47. The relation of optimism/mood regulation with difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, and externally oriented cognitive style, was -0.30, -25, -29 respectively. The relation of utilization of emotions with difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, and externally oriented cognitive style, was -0.09, -0.24, and -0.29, respectively. The relation of appraisal of emotions with difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, and externally oriented cognitive style, was -0.32, -0.35, and -0.33, respectively.
Keywords: Emotional Intelligency, Alexithymia, Gender, Sport