Darth Vader's Psyche: What Went Wrong?(WebMD) Anakin Skywalker, the Star Wars character who became Darth Vader, had borderline personality disorder, psychiatrists report.
The news comes not from a galaxy far, far away, but from San Diego, where the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is holding its 160th annual meeting.
Experts from the psychiatric department at France's University Hospital of Toulouse told the APA's annual meeting that Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader could "clearly" be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness marked by instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior, according to background information on the Web site of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
The French psychiatrists — who included Laurent Schmitt, M.D. — based their diagnosis on original Star Wars film scripts.
Schmitt's team describes Skywalker's symptoms, including problems with controlling anger and impulsivity, temporary stress-related paranoia, "frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment (when trying to save his wife at all costs), and a pattern of unstable and intense personal relationships," including his relationships with his Jedi masters.
Changing his name and turning into "Darth Vader" is a red flag of Skywalker's disturbed identity, note Schmitt and colleagues.
The researchers aren't suggesting that real people with borderline personality disorder are Darth Vaders-in-the-making. Skywalker's symptoms are an extreme, fictional case.
Borderline personality disorder can be treated through psychotherapy and with medication. But that wasn't part of Skywalker's script.
By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang, M.D.
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This article made me want to go take a test to see if I was borderline, just for giggles.
-- Personality Disorder Test --
-- Personality Disorder Information --
It looks like I might be borderline and potentially ocd. Hmmm.
I don't think I fall into the borderline category as much as I might have in the past. I used to be a lot worse. There was a time that I could say I probably needed help, and well I got it. I also had God's grace and His Holy Spirit working to take care of those things.
Ok, I think this is funny... I wrote the above stuff and then opened my email to read my devotional. I hadn't posted this yet, but I was planning on coming back to it after the devotional. Guess what the title of today's devotional is?
FEELING ALONEI think in context of the personality issues this is something to remember. "We cannot always rely on how we feel or how things appear." What great wisdom. Just because something looks yucky today doesn't mean it is going to be bad tomorrow. I think that should be my mindset frequently... "Truth is independent of our emotional state and our limited perspective."
How funny. See that makes me think God has a sense of humor.Prophets and kings from the Bible, pastors and
missionaries throughout history, regular Christians
today, have experienced times of feeling alone,
times when it seems like no one else is seeking
after God, times when their work appears fruitless.
In seasons like these, it is essential to remember
that we cannot always rely on how we feel or how
things appear. Truth is independent of our emotional
state and our limited perspective. Reality is often very
different than we perceive it.
Questions: When have you felt alone in your faith?
What can you do to regain a broader perspective?