“Listen b-tch, I don’t have abandonment issues! ALIGHT?!?!”
I’ll admit, I don’t really know all that much about French culture -only the socially understood norms, of course: they all eat baguettes, wear berets and the men open mouth kiss each other as form of currency. But if you dig a little further under the surface you’d learn that, as of recent, French psychiatrists and psychologists are spending their days watching the Star Wars prequels and diagnosing Anakin Skywalker with
horrible acting skills borderline personality disorder. Awesome, I know.
The tragic hero of the “Star Wars” prequels displays patterns of instability and impulsivity in the second and third films that make him an obvious candidate for borderline personality disorder (BPD), according to French psychiatrists and psychologists.
“I had watched the two prequel movies ["Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith"], and it was during my residency in psychiatry while trying to explain borderline personality disorder to medical students that I thought of Anakin,” said Eric Bui, a psychiatrist at Toulouse University Hospital in France.
Bui and his colleagues first presented their diagnosis at the annual convention of the American Psychiatric Association in 2007. Now, their letter to the editor titled “Is Anakin Skywalker suffering from borderline personality disorder?” is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychiatry Research. [Yahoo!News]
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV), Anakin reflected six out of the nine borderline personality criteria to qualify as suffering from the disorder. Based on their findings, researchers suspect that, “the traits exhibited by Skywalker might make him more appealing and relatable to teen fans, given that teens may also display certain characteristics of borderline personality disorder”.
Hits a little close to home, this one. Seeing how we all developed BPD while watching the Star Wars prequels, I think it’s only fair that Darth develops it himself. I can already see him now, blaring Hawthorne Heights inside his helmet and screaming at Grand Moff Tarkin to get out of his room.