On the Couch with Darth Vader
I found this news story over at WebMD. It seems as though a team of researchers from the psychiatric department of France’s University Hospital of Toluouse have far too much time on their hands. After extensive research, and I’m guessing after a few too many beers, they’ve concluded that Anakin Sywalker, aka Darth Vadar, suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. Team members rolled out the results of their research last month at the 160th annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
According to the authors of the report, Skywalker suffers from an identity disturbance, and meets the criteria for the borderline personality disorder because he has difficulty controlling his anger and impulsivity, he has issues of abandonment, and because he has a "pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of ideation and devaluation.” Sure, Darth has some serious issues, but I’m not seeing true evidence of borderline behavior. Most individuals suffering from borderline personality are cutters, and there is no evidence to suggest that Darth cuts himself with his light saber. And more importantly, there is no evidence that Darth carries a transition object, such as a teddy bear, in the privacy of his Death Star. Personally, I think he’s a narcissist. He’s always killing people and destroying universes so he can be the center of attention.
I guess even rich and famous villians have issues.