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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Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 49, Case studies are particularly useful in revealing the origins of abnormal behaviour.

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. When asked her name she immediately replied that she was Eve Black. 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.

Eve Black though was regressive whilst Eve White was repressive showing obsessive-compulsive traits, rigidity and an inability to deal with her hostility. The other personality, they argued, was more responsible than Eve Black and more confident and interesting than Eve White. Eve White had a superior memory function than Eve Black Rorschach test ink blot test and drawings of human figures results: There are many ethical issues to consider in this study.

This consisted of interviews with the patient and her family, hypnosis, observation, EEG tests and a number of psychometric and projective tests including, memory tests, ink blot tests and intelligence tests. This perhaps demonstrates that some psychiatrists are more likely to diagnose MPD than others.

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The public did not hear anything else about the case until when Eve revealed that she had approximately 22 personalities some of which she experienced before and some after the therapy. Thigpen thigpeh Cleckley were convinced that they had witnessed an example of multiple personality. A case of multiple personality. After Jane appeared the three personalities were given electroencephalogram tests EEG.


IQ and memory tests and projective tests i. To the therapist it seemed that the usually conventional and retiring Eve White had changed into a carefree person. Such research can also czse called action research as the researchers involvement is consciously trying to change the persons behaviour. During the therapy sessions it became clear that Eve Black had little compassion for Eve White, and could not be thiglen to help with the therapy.

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 case of multiple personality.

o A major strength of this case study was that it provides lots of data. Rorschach test ink blot test and drawings of human figures results: Case studies only relate to one individual and we have to be careful generalising from the findings. For example, in this thigoen study, the moment that Eve Black appears can be seen in a different way to that described by the therapist.

The psychiatrists used a case study method.

Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis where contact with reality and insight are impaired. The voice and language structure were also very different, and multipls the therapist it appeared to be an entirely different woman. For example, there are many more cases reported in the US than say the UK. 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 through her.

I t was possible to make a clear distinction between the readings of Eve Black and the other two personalities. It became easier for the therapist to call up whichever personality he wanted to examine, and childhood experiences were investigated under hypnosis.


A web site full of stuff that should be useful. Interestingly, women are more likely to be diagnosed than men.

It personwlity an example of a neurotic disorder. Eve White had a superior memory function than Eve Black. 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.

Weaknesses Case studies only relate to one individual and we have to be careful generalising from the findings. In contrast, when Eve Black was not out she was aware of what was happening. Some of these incidents were later backed up in interviews multilpe her parents and her husband.

Multiple Personality is not a form of schizophrenia.

A case of multiple personality.

They also asked independent experts to give a variety of tests including an EEG test, psychometric tests and projective tests. Evaluation of Procedure Strengths Case studies are particularly useful in revealing the origins of abnormal behaviour. Personaljty the interview, Tnigpen White who was normally very caase became distressed and asked whether hearing an occasional imaginary voice made her insane. 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.

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. She reported that she had on several occasions over the last few months briefly heard a voice addressing her.

Evaluation of Explanation It is possible that the therapists could have been conned by a successful actress. She believed that fragmentation of her personality had been to protect herself from things she mulltiple not bear.