Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is defined in DSM-III as a dissociative treatment of a year-old woman who was referred to Thigpen and Cleckley. Study Thigpen & Cleckley – A Case of Multiple Personality flashcards from Esme Wishart’s class online, or in Brainscape’s iPhone or Android app. ✓ Learn faster. J Abnorm Psychol. Jan;49(1) A case of multiple personality. THIGPEN CH, CLECKLEY H. PMID: ; [Indexed for MEDLINE]. MeSH terms.

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The other personality, caase argued, was more responsible than Eve Black and more confident and interesting than Eve White. For example, there are many more cases reported in the US than say the UK. The voice and language structure were also very different, and to the therapist it appeared to be an entirely different woman.

On her next visit Eve White denied sending the letter, though she recalled having begun one, which she never finished and thought she had destroyed. However, the diagnosis of MPD is very unreliable. Both personalities were given a series of psychometric i.

The close relationship between researcher and participant may introduce bias. During one such episode, Eve White appeared to relax into a sleepy state. Similarly, after a few hypnotic sessions the therapists could request Eve Black to let them speak to Eve White. Some of these incidents were later backed up in interviews with her parents and her husband.

She reported that she had on several occasions over the last few months briefly heard a voice addressing her. The letter concerned her therapy and was written in her usual handwriting, but at the bottom of the page there was a paragraph that looked like a child had written it. A major strength of this case study was that it provides lots of data. They also asked if experts to give a variety of tests including an EEG test, pfrsonality tests and personaity tests.

After eight months of treatment Eve White seemed to be making progress. In contrast, when Eve Black was not out she was aware of what was happening.

A web site full of stuff that should be useful AS Psychology. During the interview, Eve White who was normally very self-controlled became distressed and asked whether hearing an occasional imaginary voice made her insane.


Over the next 14 months, during a series of interviews totalling approximately hours, extensive material was obtained about the behaviour and experience of Eve White and Eve Black.

I t was possible to make a clear distinction between the readings of Eve Black and the other two personalities.

After more sessions they found that hypnosis was pereonality longer needed for obtaining the changes. During the therapy sessions it became clear that Eve Black had little compassion for Eve White, and could not be persuaded to help with clecckley therapy. To the therapist it seemed that the usually conventional and retiring Eve White had changed into a carefree person.

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Through building up a long and detailed case history, case studies can be used as an aid to understanding and helping the client. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 49, There are many ethical issues to consider in this study. An argument that is gaining popularity is that psychiatrists such as Thigpen and Cleckley are actually creating multiple personality by unwittingly leading their patients into believing that they have the condition.

Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis where contact with reality and insight are impaired. She believed that fragmentation of her personality had been to protect herself from things she could not bear.

The psychiatrists used a case study method. However, although the therapists could work with Jane to determine whether Eve Black had been lying, Jane had not found a way to displace Eve Black, or to communicate cleckleyy her. Aim The aim of this article was to provide an account of the psychotherapeutic treatment of a year-old woman who was referred to Thigpen and Cleckley because of ‘severe and blinding headaches’.

For example, in this case study, the moment that Eve Black appears can be seen in a different way to that described by the q.

Eve White had a superior memory function than Eve Black. The psychiatrists believed that she had a number of complex, but thig;en commonplace marital conflicts and personal frustrations. The profile of Eve Black was far healthier than Eve White. The data may therefore be unreliable.


Although Thigpen and Cleckley do not point to the cause of MPD, the received wisdom is that MPD is usually a response to child abuse – a way for the individual to protect him or herself.

She recalled a total of 22 and suggested that the fragmentation of her personality had been to protect herself from things she could not bear.

A case of multiple personality.

A case of multiple personality. We have no way of assessing how typical this individual is of other people with multiple personality and therefore we have to ask whether this study is unique to Eve or whether we can generalise it to other cases.

During interviews several emotional difficulties were revealed. Thigpen and Cledkley were convinced that they had witnessed an example of multiple personality. When asked her name she immediately cleckkey that she was Eve Black.

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Eve Black told the therapists about a number of incidents in childhood where she engaged in acts of mischief or disobedience, which Eve White was unaware of and was punished for. Thigpen and Cleckley also involved Eve’s relatives to help verify certain recollections, and to add information, and in this way throw light on the case. During this conversation Eve White, as if in pain suddenly put both hands to her head.

The therapists used hypnosis and the amnesia was cleared. She also seemed to have a very different physical presence in terms of manner, gestures, and eye movements. The therapists believed that another personality had emerged who called herself Jane. It is possible that the therapists could have been conned by a successful actress. Having znd able to work with the three personalities for several months the therapists concluded cleeckley if Jane could take possession of the personalities the patient would regain full health and find her way to a happy life.