Darth Vader’s Professional Diagnosis Is Not Good

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:37 am,

Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader Star Wars Darth Vaders Professional Diagnosis Is Not Good

If only the Jedi Council had thought to provide psychiatric analysis of its prospective Jedi, they may have been able to prevent the ultimate disturbance in the force – Darth Vader. A panel of French psychiatrists spent some time studying Anakin Skywalker’s life, including his turn as Darth Vader and concluded he suffers from “borderline personality disorder.”

I won’t pretend to understand the inner workings of psychology, but nothing about Darth Vader seems borderline to me. The guy is a full-on sociopath with serious issues. But every lunatic needs a good diagnosis.

The psychiatrists noted Darth Vader possessed “six of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition.”

Eric Bui, a French psychiatrist, believes Emperor Palpatine’s influence on the highly unstable Anakin Skywalker was a crucial component to his disorder.

“…the Emperor’s dark and destabilizing influence upon a young Skywalker might have even exacerbated the symptoms of borderline personality disorder.”

This is all pretty obvious information, but hearing it from a trained psychologist makes it even more legitimate. Honestly, Anakin was doomed from the start. His mother claimed he was immaculately conceived. Come on, people. That should be sign number one you live in a psychologically unstable household.

Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader Star Wars Darth Vaders Professional Diagnosis Is Not Good

When that same mother is killed and you believe everybody is out to get you, complexes begin to develop. Episodes II and III reveal quite a lot about the borderline personality disorder these doctors so clearly diagnose. But if it was so easy for them to call out Anakin on his issues, why were Yoda and the Jedi Council so blind to the mental handicap? It just seem like a glaring oversight by a collection of the most powerful minds in the galaxy.

But again, it all comes back to the slimy Emperor Palpatine. His unethical influence is the true root of it all. Everything that happened before him simply planted the seeds to allow him to push the unstable Skywalker into darkness. Dr. Bui believes it all could have been prevented.

“I believe that psychotherapy would have helped Anakin and might have prevented him from turning to the dark side. Using the dark side of the Force could be considered as similar to drug use: It feels really good when you use it, it alters your consciousness and you know you shouldn’t do it.”

So George Lucas’ character of Anakin Skywalker, later known as Darth Vader, was really a subliminal commentary on the teenage struggle with identity and the end result of surrounding yourself with the wrong people. It makes perfect sense. Throw in a serious trust issue with not only himself, but the people around him and the relationship with Padme was just as dangerous to his psyche.

Darth Vader Star Wars Darth Vaders Professional Diagnosis Is Not Good

It doesn’t change much along the lines of how we perceive Darth Vader. I think we can all agree he is more mentally unstable than pure evil. [SPOILER ALERT!] Based on his pre-death moment of enlightenment and personal freedom, in his son’s arms no less, it would appear the real reason for his disorder was Emperor Palpatine’s initial brainwashing. Yet, was that so obscure?

What do you think about the new diagnosis? Are Darth Vader’s psychological issues to blame for his ways or was he simply pure evil, even as a little boy on Tatooine? Discuss int he comments section below.

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  1. now…. thats stupid. i mean im fan of star wars. but a bunch of suposed doctors, triying to estudi a fictional character….. now im sure that psicologist are….. men they dont have real pacient or something… were they drunk… or just someone just make up all this…

    no friging way dude…
    god christ. what the hell are you thinking people. WAKE UP.

    • Elrim?

      The first step towards making a cogent, sensible argument to support your case is to learn to spell (“supposed” instead of “suposed”, “trying” instead of “triying”, “study” instead of “estudi”, “psychologist” instead of “psicologist”, “patients” [-if you refer to the noun that describes the people whom the psychologist treats-] or “patience” [-describing an emotional state of calm and peacefulness, one you would do well to adopt-]; the second step is to realize that NONE of us on this site views the Star Wars films as reality-based.

      Oh, and it’s “frigging”, not “friging”…if you don’t like the way Vic, Mike, Anthony, etc. run the site, you are welcome to go off and start your own.

  2. Do you people even realize what is happening in the world right now?! The oceans filling with oil, animals washing up dead on coastlines around the planet, children starving, families losing their homes. The globe is so corrupted that every nation on it is experiencing abnormal and violent weather patterns. Yet all you rejects from the ant farm can find to think about is the psychology behind a fictional character???!!! Shame on you! Too bad fatal diseases aren’t more selective with their victims, painting a target sign on some of you who are incredibly large wastes of space. Im disgusted.

    • You’re absolutly right Mr. Pot, me and my fellow kettles are absolutely black.

      Next time you have a hankering to go on a self-righteous rant, keep it to yourself – you’re not very good at it.

    • Ricky-First off, it wasn’t the staff of Screen Rant that psycho-analyzed Darth Vader, nor was it the fans of said site; it was a group of doctors who apparently had nothing better to do on a rainy day…if ScreenRant is guilty of ANYTHING, it’s guilty of reporting this to us, the fans…which is primarily what Vic and his crew started ScreenRant for.

      To attack us by making petulant whinings and name-calling (Your entire post, for example) diminishes us not one bit…but it sure makes you look like a psychological study in the making! Really…”rejects from the ant farm”??? Name one example where Vic called you a name…

      I’m waiting……

      STILL waiting…..

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……

    • what a heartless f*ck nut. If people like fictional characters let them. You can complain about oil all you like from the comfort of your Cheetos dusted keyboard. Unless your out there helping shut up and stay off the damn boards. “diseases should be selective” WTF you should be the first spineless victim

    • the whole reason for this ‘diagnosis’ of a fictional famous character was to bring for attention to people who suffer with BPD. As a sufferer myself, it’s nice to know some people are trying to bring notice to it so it is less taboo

  3. I had never really thought about it until now, but the prophecy makes more sense now. Bringing balance to the force would be equalizing the dark side and light side. As mentioned, only two sith existed… and thousands of Jedi too… it would only be true to the prophecy if the Jedi were eliminated down to the same number of Sith. It seems the Sith had a better understanding of the prophecy than the Jedi… kind of ironic.

  4. As someone who was raised by a borderline, I can tell you Anakin Skywalker is NOT borderline. I suspect the psychologists behind this are NOT big fans of SW.

    He is also not a sociopath.

    Anyone wishing to know what is the deal with both Anakin and Palpatine should read _Inside the Criminal Mind_ by Stanton E. Samenow.

  5. IT WAS NOT A SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE ABOUT A TEENAGER’S STRUGGLE WITH IDENTITY OR ANY OF THAT BULL!!! IT WAS A SCI-FI ADVENTURE FILM FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF ENERTAINING AMERICA!! WE WANTED SOMETHING OUT THERE & GEORGE LUCAS GAVE IT TO US!!!

    • “WE WANTED SOMETHING OUT THERE & GEORGE LUCAS GAVE IT TO US!!!”

      Ah, but who among us pleaded with George to give us an offensive Rastafarian lizard that spoke pidgin English and, because he held Padme’s voting proxy, made it possible to bring the Empire into being?

      Meesa t’ink dat vewy wude!

  6. All those in favor of blaming Jar-Jar Binks for the Emperor’s rise to power, say AYE!

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  7. pene