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This is the report of two psychiatrists on the strange case of a patient with three distinct personalities. The Three Faces of Eve was the first popular account of a case of multiple personalities (now called Dissociative Identity Disorder). The authors had previously published a research article on their patient 'Eve' in 1954, documenting the psychiatric sessions and howThis is the report of two psychiatrists on the strange case of a patient with three distinct personalities. The Three Faces of Eve was the first popular account of a case of multiple personalities (now called Dissociative Identity Disorder). The authors had previously published a research article on their patient 'Eve' in 1954, documenting the psychiatric sessions and how they came to view it as a case of 'multiple personality'....

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ISBN : 9780685487792
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Number of Pages : 381 Pages
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The Three Faces Of Eve Reviews

  • dianne
    2019-05-01 17:08

    This is a VERY lengthy (for a case study) tale of a woman who has 3 personalities. The MD authors apparently have some Freudian sense of inadequacy because they constantly need to show us how broadly and deeply educated they are; how damn smart. An overdose of overwriting such as this ever-so-understated description on pg. 96:“The somber and historic zeal of Savonarola would have faded before the invincible levity of her smile.” Eye roll.Every other page there seems to be a Shakespearean reference, an allusion to Greek myth, some distorted political theory (i.e. confusing anarchy with chaos), Edna St.Vincent Millay or Keats - all only appropriate with a fairly large stretch of the imagination, and none adding anything that i could access.i found myself repeatedly thinking -> cut the crap and tell the story.i was reminded again of the absolute absurdity of Freudianism - EVERYTHING is sexual. One anecdote included (why?) was of a 4 year old boy who has a dream of his bedroom window opening and on the snowy trees outside there are 6 still, white wolves with bushy tails watching him. It’s clear, of course, this means he wants his father to have anal sex with him. Obviously. Or, “...the symbol 3 written sideways equals vagina. The 2 represents the labia.”Who knew? It IS a fascinating story, with clear and thorough descriptions of the patient’s transformations that were vivid and exciting. Unfortunately there were many references to my favorite (not) diagnosis: “hysteria” which, intrinsically, can only be suffered by women because only the fairer sex has hysters (uteri). So, as both authors are male and tend to be overly dramatic they must be suffering from “testicularia”, right?This usage of hysteria on page 135 also contains a warning to NOT visit the ER at that hospital:“The patient in the emergency room who, to the intern seems to be deliberately pitching a tantrum may not only be either hysterical or pretending….some..whine at a sudden pinprick; others...preserve their calm while needles are forced into the quick of the nail bed.” My medical school skipped the “how to force needles into patients’ nail beds” lesson.All in all i am glad i read this bit of history, if just to be reminded that some progress in the status of women has been made since the fifties. There’s still a LONG way to go.

  • Terri
    2019-04-27 13:04

    I read this years ago. They really didn't know what they were dealing with when they took Ms. Sizemore (Eve) on as a patient. They "discovered" what would be known as MPD - Multiple Personality Disorder and documented their work with Integrating their patient. Of course this was later made into a briliiant movie starring Joanne Woodward.Of course, this was only the beginning journey for "Eve" who dissociated again and again over time, having as many as 33 personalities in all. I have met Ms. Sizemore and she has had a very rough journey and chronicles it in her book: I'm Eve - in case anyone is interested in reading it.

  • Aalia Khan Yousafzai
    2019-05-13 14:59

    I picked up this book because I'm studying MPD(multiple personality disorder) for my psychology course, but reading this didn't just help me with my studies but sated my curiosity about so many questions I had- and raised several more. I wouldn't say that The Three Faces Of Eve was an exciting read. This is for those who are patient enough to go through every phase of this bizarre life of a woman who was troubled by several personalities, the most frequent of which were the wicked, naughty Eve Black and the humble, sane Jane. There were controversies about the entire thing being a drama, acted out by the "troubled" woman but I don't believe that. I'm still sceptic about the claims that she was possessed by multiple demons or ghosts, but why it happened to her and not other people who went through the same things she did is still mind boggling. Getting into her head through what I know of her, I can only speculate, but never conclude the whys and hows of the situation. I can't say there was a particular plot to the book... it was like watching a documentary. Nevertheless, this has been an enjoyable, informative and eye opening read that I don't think I'll be able to forget.

  • Jonna
    2019-05-12 14:10

    Snore. There are sections of this book that are rather interesting, but mostly, it's dull as dishwater. As for all the reviews talking about the awful abuse endured by the patient, I think these folks must have read a different book! The only abuse here is in subjecting readers to pages of Jungian castration theory vs Freudian Oedipal theory!

  • Les Wolf
    2019-05-20 10:09

    After a thorough medical examination proved inconclusive, Eve White (Chris Sizemore) checked into a Georgia psychiatric clinic complaining of headaches and blackouts. After a few visits, an astonishing metamorphosis occurred. Eve White literally disappeared before the eyes of clinical psychiatrist Corbett Thigpen. The shy, demure, self-effacing and highly guarded Eve turned into a flirtatious, playful, energetic, even raucous vamp. Her posture changed, her voice deepened, her mannerisms and vocabulary were different. The pixie-like Eve Black had emerged.Eve Black had been buying flashy clothing and jewelry, taking over the body at night, and going out. She sang in night clubs and taunted male suitors. Only she wasn't leaving the quiet married mother behind. She was using her body and mind.Thigpen and Cleckley share her remarkable story in this book along with the story of a third Eve, Jane, who emerges over time. Perhaps a product of the therapy, Jane manages to date a man and fall in love.Eve White's deep-seated and repressed fears and associations are explored in-depth along with here many struggles to cope at home and in the work place. Her attempts to hold down a job and to manage a satisfactory relationship with her husband and daughter seem doomed from the start. I couldn't help but to feel a great deal of compassion and sorrow for her throughout her epic struggle to "come out" and "find herself". The ending turned out to be just as remarkable as the rest of "Eve's" intriguing, unsettling story.

  • Carolyn James
    2019-05-08 12:02

    This was an old book I found on a dusty bookshelf in my parents office. Loving psychology this was right up my alley. I think even before reading I had read this case study in several undergrad textbooks. 3 Faces of Eve tells the true story of a woman who has 3 separate personalities and the hype created when this case was first analyzed by the medical world. I see I have the same problem others had with this book. Parts were very very interesting….and then a big drop of boredom. It would be great if this got a little hacked and placed back together to something shorter. Overall it was too tedious from me to suggest to others to read.

  • Jessietaylortanner
    2019-04-27 18:11

    It's hard to believe that a book about multiple personalities could be boring, but that's what it was to me. I read about two-thirds of it before I gave up for more engaging reads. Maybe I'll try again later.

  • Hans
    2019-05-04 10:46

    Very interesting insight into the thought processes of people with Multiple Personality Disorder,an engaging read, I strongly recommend it.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-25 16:00

    I struggled to get through this one, taking a lot longer to finish than I typically do for a book this size. While I did enjoy the details of Eve's life and her journey in coping with and overcoming her illness, the book was very heavy in the psychology of her illness. It was very clearly written by psychologists. Students and professionals would probably enjoy those aspects of the book, but it tended to get very boring and drawn out for a layperson like me.

  • Erika Worley
    2019-05-01 11:52

    While I know it's hard to know how much of a book like this is true, it is an interesting narrative about a human being with multiple personalities facing the difficulties of parenting. It's an engaging read.

  • Ana Maria
    2019-04-29 11:10

    Very monotonous and I wish the ending was richer, Very cliche

  • Linda
    2019-05-14 10:03

    After watching "The The Three Faces of Eve", and realizing it was based on a true incident, I had to read the book. I was not disappointed by either movie or book. Actually the movie did the best it could given the time frame it had, but I was completely mesmerized by the book and the account of Eve White, a woman with three personalities. Written by her psychiatrists, we follow Eve's journey as she presents as a troubled and meek housewife, yet, over time, reveals her other personalities in the forms of lively Eve Black and mild-mannered, Jane. The book explains in detail how the doctors got to know each personality, their troubles and quirks, and through patience, diligence and understanding helped integrate them back into one person. Although not as horribly traumatic as the Sybil story we've all heard of, Eve White's plight to help her selves become whole again is a fascinating read and one I could not put down.

  • Jean Brandenburg
    2019-05-07 13:46

    I read a Reader's digest version. I thought I'd read it before, but apparently not. Eve went to the Doctor complaining of headaches and blackouts, when the Dr could find nothing physically wrong, he sent her to a psychologist, where a separate personality "came out" it was interesting to read how it happened and how she existed with 2 then 3 personalities, but it wasn't quite the story I was expecting. Since it wasn't written as a novel, or biography, but more like the therapists writing an article for a journal. I still found it interesting reading though.

  • Jill
    2019-04-26 16:41

    I did not like this book because they never found out what caused her to shatter. The authors wrote about Freud's oedipal and embryonic intrauterine theories and wondered if this was what caused her to become multiple. I believe that her parents had something to do with it, even though the authors never discussed abuse nor did they seem to ever get too far into her memories. This book was one of the first case histories of multiple personalities and it is obvious the doctors did not know what they were doing.

  • Suzlizjohnson
    2019-05-08 17:59

    Other books based on multi-personality... "The Bird's Nest" (by author of "The Lottery"); Sybil; the other "Eve" (should say SYBIL) books by the patient herself..As to "Three Faces of Eve" couldn't put this book down and read it at break, on the bus, and in bed WITH a flashlight... not because it was thrilling, but because I was so anxious to figure out the "why" of her problem.. was mystified in the end. But then I was only 17 when I read it..

  • Emily
    2019-05-18 15:59

    I am so glad I finally got to read it. although it is not as passionate as I would have liked (one of the instances where the movie is better) it is a good read. there are lots of outdated theories and comments that glaringly point out that this is a 1950's book written by a man. it is also more geared to those who want more information about the mechanics of the psychology and the human aspect of it comes off more as a side note.

  • Chrissie
    2019-05-15 11:08

    Greatful to have had the opportunity to read this book! Out of print and so hard to find I was estatic to get my hands on it. It was overall a very good book but the best parts were somewhere in the middle. At the end there was a BAM where things were resolved and then it turned into some olden-day's phy/clinician bullshit debating Oedipus and Morton-Prince. Dissapointing end to a historical work

  • Sue Bridgwater
    2019-05-12 15:07

    I read this book years ago as a teenager and was riveted by its strange story. Years later, learning about the adverse effect on 'Eve' and her family of the book and the subsequent film, I was shocked. I think it should be left in obscurity.Here is her true life and the titles of her books

  • Holli
    2019-05-13 18:02

    This was a fascinating insight into the mind of someone with multiple personality disorder. I'm not sure how much it was sensationalized, but it was from the psychologist's perspective, and melded the language of professional psychology with a really engaging account of the patient. I thought it was great.

  • christi.
    2019-04-21 16:41

    I went through a phase after I read Sybil where I became obsessed with cases of dual and multiple personalites. This was part deux of my two-part string of similar reads (given to me as a most thoughtful Christmas present).It was only a little dissapointing in light of the previous book on the subject. Still, extremely provoking.

  • Dr.J.G.
    2019-04-22 13:01

    With one parent in psychology one was bound to hear much about this story, depicting a true story about a woman with a fragmented persona, due to trauma of events of her childhood, and her miraculous seeming recovery after almost accidental clue to the root of the problem. It seemed so familiar even before reading, although perhaps I read Sybil before this.

  • Joanna
    2019-04-26 16:05

    I was obsessed with this book in high school, and had my sights set on a career in psychology because of it. I've since taken a completely different direction in life, but this book remains a fascinating remnant of my old life. Definitely an interesting read. Fantastic movie adaptation, as well.

  • Emily
    2019-05-15 17:47

    An overall enjoyable and interesting read, although I did find that it lagged at times, especially in some of the later chapters in which the author first postulates and then questions various Freudian/Oedipal analyses of the patient.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-18 12:08

    It was interesting in parts, but it focused on a lot of psycho dynamic aspects as was common in the time it was written. it was less novel like then I expected but i would still like to see the movie.

  • Carmel Westerman
    2019-05-19 09:43

    I was just out of high school when I read this book. It opened my eyes to disabilities thatI never knew existed. I think in the day and time it was written - it was an excellent introduction to the subject.

  • embun
    2019-04-27 09:46

    Not really my kind of book, I think. It is sort of a-matter-of-fact type of writing where you have to make an effort to really read and understand.Interesting, though, was the case discussed; split personalities. Intellectual and a bit heavy.Well. Lots of other people might love it anyhow. :)

  • Andrea Clark
    2019-04-21 18:02

    Hope the movie is better.Almost all case study,no story.I Love Psychology but this book was a bore.I will say it was a great case study just not what I had in mind to read.I ended up skimming a great deal after about halfway through.Best for research if enrolled in a college course.

  • Fishface
    2019-05-07 11:56

    This book rises from merely interesting to utterly fascinating when read in tandem with Eve's autobiography, "I'm Eve." The analysts' rather smug, self-congratulating, sexist view of Eve's problems and progress are invisible until you turn to the other book and "Eve" tells her own story.

  • Lee
    2019-04-29 14:57

    I read this almost 20 years ago...this book started a series of thoughts and events which culminated in my becoming a therapist.

  • Sarah Honenberger
    2019-05-06 17:53

    I read this long ago, powerful insight into a world most of us will never know.