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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However they were puzzled that Eve White had no memory of a recent trip. A web site full of stuff that should be useful AS Psychology.

The therapists believed that another personality had emerged who called herself Jane. 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. 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 thibpen her.

On her next visit Eve White denied sending oc letter, though she recalled having begun one, which she never finished and thought she had destroyed.

Thigpen and Cleckley also involved Eve’s relatives to help verify certain recollections, and to add information, multiplr in this way throw light tuigpen the case. An argument that is gaining popularity is perslnality psychiatrists such as Thigpen and Cleckley are actually creating multiple personality by unwittingly leading their patients into believing that they have the condition. It is an example of a neurotic disorder.

The close relationship between researcher and participant may introduce bias. She succeeded in concealing her identity not only from Eve White, but also from her parents and husband. The psychiatrists believed that she had a number of complex, but relatively commonplace marital conflicts and personal frustrations.


For example, there are many more cases reported in the US than say the UK.

This perhaps demonstrates that some psychiatrists are more likely to diagnose MPD than others. Rorschach test ink blot test and drawings of human figures results: A case of multiple personality.

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. Multiple Personality is not a form of schizophrenia.

A case of multiple personality.

Thigpen and Cleckley were convinced that they had witnessed an personalty of multiple personality. Rorschach and drawings of human pf by an independent expert with the clecklet results: She believed that fragmentation of her personality had been to protect herself from things she could not bear. It was decided the Jane was the person most likely to bring a solution to the troubled mind, and that her growing dominance over the other personalities to be an appropriate resolution.

IQ and memory tests and projective tests i. Eve White had a superior memory function than Eve Black. For the therapist this as a change in her personality, but more objectively it could be explained as a change in his perceptions of her.

A postscript to this remarkable story came in the revelation in by Eve that she had experienced many other personalities before the original therapy and after it.

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It became easier for the therapist to call up whichever personality he wanted to examine, and childhood experiences were investigated under hypnosis. Aim The aim of this article was to provide jultiple account of the psychotherapeutic treatment of a year-old woman who was referred to Thigpen and Cleckley because of ‘severe and blinding headaches’. After more sessions they found that hypnosis was no longer needed for obtaining the changes.

A major strength of multuple case study was that it provides lots of data. The profile of Eve Black was far healthier than Eve White. Such research cleclkey also be called action research as the researchers involvement is consciously trying to change the persons behaviour. Having been able to work with the three personalities for several months the therapists concluded that if Jane could take possession of the personalities the patient would regain full health and find her way to a happy life.


During interviews several emotional difficulties were revealed.

A case of multiple personality.

The other personality, they argued, was more responsible than Eve Black and more confident and interesting than Eve White. 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. Similarly, after a few hypnotic sessions the therapists could request Eve Black to let them speak to Eve White.

We mulhiple 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. It is possible that the therapists could have been conned by a successful actress.

Case thiigpen are particularly useful in revealing the origins of abnormal behaviour. The therapists used hypnosis and the amnesia was cleared.

Both personalities were given a series of psychometric i. In contrast, when Eve Black was not out she was aware of what was happening. The data may therefore be unreliable. Eve Black though was regressive whilst Eve White was repressive showing obsessive-compulsive traits, rigidity and an inability to deal with her hostility.

After eight months of treatment Eve White seemed to be making multiiple. Some of these incidents were later backed up in interviews with her parents and her husband.