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November 24, 2017

individual differences

Case Study: The Three Faces of Eve

Eve White, a pseudonym used throughout the study to ensure confidentiality, had been recommended to Thigpen and Cleckley after reporting that she was suffering through “severe and blinding headaches.” During her first psychological interview, she complained of periods of amnesia, which she referred to as “blackouts”, after each of her headaches. Her family was apparently not aware of anything that would suggest a loss of consciousness.

What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations which are called “tics.” The disorder is named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, a pioneering French neurologist who first described this condition in the case of an 86-year old French woman way back in 1885. While the first documented and official case revolved around an elderly woman, modern day psychology shows that the earliest symptoms of the disorder are noticed between the ages of three to nine years old. It occurs equally in all ethnic groups, but males are affected about three to four times more than females.

What is Depersonalization?

Individuals who experience depersonalization feel separated from their own personal life and physicality by claiming they sense their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to the same person or identity. Often a person who has experienced this disorder claims that most things seem “unreal” and “hazy”. A recognition of personality breaks down completely — hence the name ‘depersonalization’ — as if one is watching a television show where their real personality is the leading role. Depersonalization can result in extremely high anxiety levels, which further increase these perceptions and further stress out the mind. Individuals suffering through this mental disorder also often find it hard to remember anything they saw or experienced while in this third person state of mind.