'A Case of Multiple Personality' Thigpen and Cleckley (1954)
Can you have more than one personality?
This case study provides details about a woman who was diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder. The study focuses upon her three personalities - Eve White / Eve Black / Jane. Thigpen and Cleckly concluded that Multiple Personality probably does exist.
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a dissociative disorder in which two or more distinct personalities coexist within the same individual. MPD is nowadays referred to as Dissociative Identity Disorder.
The real Eve was a woman named Chris Sizemore / Costner. The movie, 'The Three Faces of Eve', was based upon her life.
She exhibited three distinct personalities: Eve White was timid and nervous; Eve Black was outgoing and shocking; Jane was sensible and mature.
Later on in her life she was diagnosed as having as many as 20 personalities.
Read the full text article - 'A case of multiple personality disorder' which you were given in class. Access the material on this website on the Thigpen and Cleckley page View the powerpoint You will have a group activity and short test on this material.