Aug. 13, 2021

Darth Vader: Did he display traits of borderline personality disorder?

Darth Vader: Did he display traits of borderline personality disorder?

In today’s episode, we reflect on Darth Vader as a character and how his storyline and portrays classic BPD traits. Psychiatrists Eric Bui and Rachel Rodgers argued that the Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker is a useful example for explaining borderline personality disorder to medical students, hoping their findings would raise awareness of the disorder. 

💡 Questions answered in this episode:

■ Why some psychiatrists consider Darth Vader a useful example for explaining BPD

■ A breakdown of Anakin Skywalker’s BPD symptoms (impulsivity, anger management issues, idealizing / devaluing splitting behaviors, dissociative episodes, emotional repression, paranoia /intrusive thoughts, and identity disturbance) 

■ The creation and development of the character and the portrayal of the "tragic her" archetype

📝Recommended resources:

Article: The Psychological Side of the Force by Abhik Deb

Disclaimer: information contained in this podcast episode is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional. 


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