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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


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. 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.

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 is a boy, the other is a girl.
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.


  1. "MedTerms medical dictionary, Alogia definition". Retrieved 2006-09-30.

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