Personality features and vulnerability to stress: a case study on hyperhidrosis

  • Agata Andò Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Marzia Di Girolamo | marzia.digirolamo@unito.it Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Claudia Pignolo Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Alessandro Zennaro Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Luciano Giromini Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Amedeo Minichino Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Adriana Salatino Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Rosalba Morese Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy; Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland.

Abstract

By using the Rorschach test, self-reports, and psychophysiological measures, we investigated thoroughly the psychological functioning in a hyperhidrotic case. Erica, a young female with hyperhidrosis, was assessed in three times at one-week distance. First, specific tools assessing potential psychological and affective distress, and the Rorschach test were administered. About one week later, Electrodermal Activity was recorded during the exposure to a mild laboratory stress-inducing task. Finally, a magnetic resonance imaging exam was performed in order to exclude medical conditions/neurological alterations for potential physiological anomalies. Erica tends to avoid living in the moment and prefers to experience close relationships in her inner world where she can rehearse the future and imagine different contexts and social situations without risks and embarrassment. She reports high capacities to perform goaldirected behaviors and clarity of emotions only in absence of stressful situations. The study has the merit to be the first to combine Rorschach data with physiological data in order to investigate the psychological functioning in a hyperhidrotic case.

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2019-04-19
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Keywords:
Hyperhidrosis, Electrodermal activity, Laboratoryinduced stress, Rorschach test, Psychological functioning
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Andò, A., Di Girolamo, M., Pignolo, C., Zennaro, A., Giromini, L., Minichino, A., Salatino, A., & Morese, R. (2019). Personality features and vulnerability to stress: a case study on hyperhidrosis. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 22(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/ripppo.2019.344