NCBI ROFL: Luke, I am your father…and suffering from borderline personality disorder.

By ncbi rofl | June 14, 2010 7:00 pm

518783895_7ee1d0a6a5Is Anakin Skywalker suffering from borderline personality disorder?

“Anakin Skywalker, one of the main characters in Star Wars, meets the criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD). This finding is interesting for it may partly explain the commercial success of these movies among adolescents and be useful in educating the general public and medical students about BPD symptoms.”

Bonus quote from the full article:

“He presented impulsivity and difficulty controlling his anger and alternated between idealisation and devaluation (of his Jedi mentors). Permanently afraid of losing his wife, he made frantic efforts to avoid her abandonment and went as far as betraying his former Jedi companions. He also experienced two dissociative episodes secondary to stressful events. One occurred after his mother’s death, when he exterminated a whole tribe of Tuskan people, while the other one took place just after he turned to the dark side. He slaughtered all the Jedi younglings before voicing paranoid thoughts concerning his former mentor and his wife. Finally, the films depicted his quest to find himself, and his uncertainties about who he was. Turning to the dark side and changing his name could be interpreted as a sign of identity disturbance. Thus, even if developmental issues in a gifted child as he struggled with adolescence and young adulthood could also be discussed, Anakin Skywalker presents both psychodynamic and criteriological features suggesting BPD.”


Thanks to Raymond for today’s ROFL!

Photo: flickr/Official Star Wars Blog

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  • jeff h.

    Blech. Psycho babble …. limiting labels. Like “airplane Anger Syndrome.” A creep is a creep. Evil is stupidity. People go to the Dark Side because they get confused.

  • rhonda.c.

    I have BPD…Sucks no meds for that…
    Just learning tools to manage symptoms…

  • JMW

    @1 jeff h. …People go to the Dark Side because they get confused…

    …and because they have cookies.

  • geeta

    Yes, psychos are evil people and should not be allowed to breed and should be kept away from the normal people – they can cure each other by their love, without making others’ lives hell because of their wicked selfishness.

  • Jamie

    I have this disorder. It sucks, but I am getting help. As for Akanakin I do not think that he had this disorder.


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