An actress's dream role went to Joanne Woodward, who played three different personalities in "The Three Faces of Eve" over a quarter of a century ago in 1976. 'Don't know what happened to her nose, stage right.
Have you ever woken to a feeling of dread that "she" or "he" had been there the night before? We're talking about the "The Three Faces of Eve" phenomenon of another personality who knows what you are thinking even as you don't know much of anything about what she/he is thinking.
We've had that feeling of remorse through the years from time to time after a night of excessive drinking. It became more obvious in recent times as our alcoholism moved front and center. Once we jumped on the Cold Turkey bandwagon a year ago, our occasional lapses became more obvious to us. Now we've asked Tuck to let us know when SHE is there, and we had an enlightening discussion about it all this evening. As we talked, she receded (a home-remedy version of Freud's "talking cure"?). We've asked him to intervene next time she is there. Folks who've enabled alcoholics may say "That wasn't you," but who was it, we ask? Inquiring minds want to know.
"The traditional diagnosis given the afflicted doctor is dual or multiple personality disorder," wrote Altschuler and Wright in a provocative letter to the editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry a few years back, proposing instead that Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella is "a useful primer for patients, their families, and physicians on substance dependence," noting that "Regardless of whether the drug can be identified, the DSM-IV criteria for dependence can be met interestingly and usefully in this case." Postcard image above shows Brit actor Richard Mansfield in a double exposure depicting the tortuous relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, c. 1895. (Henry Van der Weyde photo)
Ms. Hyde, is that you?
Update: More food for thought from Goomp in the comments:
A most interesting discussion. Do we all have hidden faces that we do not see? Do we sometimes see them without recognition? Do others see what we ourselves cannot see?