Psychiatrists Analyzed ‘Star Wars’ Characters And Discovered They All Have Mental Conditions

by on December 21, 2015 · 6 comments

in Culture, Media, Satire

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Photo by tookapic (Pixabay)

Darth Vader has PTSD and C-3PO has OCD.

By Kali Holloway / AlterNet

Students of psychiatry learn about all kinds of psychopathology, but it can be hard to take textbook definitions and imagine how they manifest in actual people…and, you know, others.

So a group of psychiatrists, noting that Star Wars is “timeless, universal, and incorporated into shared culture,” recently diagnosed the psychological disorders displayed by the film’s characters. They suggest that the resulting diagnoses, which were rounded up into a series of papers published in Academic Psychiatry, can be used as teaching tools to offer insights into how psychiatric illnesses affect behavior.

The greatest takeaway for students of psychiatry and film alike might be that nearly every Star Wars figure—like most of us, really—could do with a little talk therapy.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

jettyboy December 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

OK, let me be the first to say it. Enough of Star Wars, and its information articles, it’s all just bullshit to enrich the corporate media giants. It’s just a fucking movie. Get over it please.


Frank Gormlie December 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

Yo, bro, you did realize this particular post was … satire, yeah?


Christo December 22, 2015 at 10:07 am

It’s clear that Chewbacca is the only sane one in the group…


jettyboy December 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

Yes I did, but it’s still an article about Star Wars isn’t it?


Frank Gormlie December 22, 2015 at 10:46 am

Yup, but it’s poking at Star Wars and articles about it and the characters.


OB Mercy December 22, 2015 at 11:54 am

Oh lighten up buttercup! Many of us choose to escape reality, in films…gives us some joy. Sounds like you could use a little joy too!

Btw….Star Wars:The Force Awakens was EPIC!!


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