Did Darth Vader have BPD? | "The Psychological Side of The Force" | E08

Psychiatrists Eric Bui and Rachel Rodgers argued that Anakin Skywalker use a useful example for explaining Borderline Personality disorder to medical students, hoping their findings would raise awareness of the disorder, especially among teens.

In today’s episode, we reflect on Darth Vader as a character. Throughout my research, I developed a keen empathy for this lost soul. The themes of becoming stuck in vicious cycles oof mental illness, addictions, post-traumatic stress and abusive relationships are all themes that appear throughout Anakin’s storyline. Even if our own stakes aren’t as high as Anakin’s, some of his struggles are universal.

Below is a breakdown of the topics covered:

03:48 | Who is Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker? | His role in the Star Wars franchise
07:05 | The creation and development of the character Darth Vader
08:03 | The concept and writing behind George Lucas’ Darth Vader character
11:49 | The various portrayals of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies by actors David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Hayden Christensen and Gene Bryant
15:38 | The mythology behind the character and the “tragic hero” archetype, which appeared in ancient Greek Tragedies (such as those by philosopher Aristotle)
18:38 | Why is Anakin Skywalker considered a “tragic hero”?
22:03 | Why do some psychiatrists consider Darth Vader a useful example for explaining Borderline Personality Disorder?
24:44 | A breakdown of Anakin Skywalker’s BPD traits (impulsivity, anger management issues, idealizing / devaluing splitting behaviors, dissociative episodes, emotional repression, paranoia /intrusive thoughts, and identity disturbance)
26:24 | Final thoughts (how teens can relate to the troubled Anakin Skywalker)

If you’re interested in further reading, click here for an incredible recent article (06/26/21) from the National School of Journalism and Public Disclosure titled “The Psychological Side of the Force”

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