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Mental Illness, Not Dark Side, To Blame For Anakin Becoming Darth Vader

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Mental Illness, Not Dark Side, To Blame For Anakin Becoming Darth Vader

Finally, somebody has gotten to the bottom of Anakin Skywalker’s problem. Of course, now that I know what’s behind his annoyingly impulsive behavior, incessant pouting and tendency to lash out, I almost feel bad for disliking the guy so much. Almost.

In a paper published in the journal Psychiatry Research, a group of French psychiatrists and psychologists say the future Darth Vader had borderline personality disorder.

Intense fears of being left alone and frantic efforts to avoid it? Check. Actions that cause harm? Check. Wide mood swings? Intense anger or outbursts? Check and check. In fact, Anakin exhibited six of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria.

Of course, not everyone agrees. Dr. H. Eric Bender, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at UCLA, tells ABC News that the borderline personality traits didn’t survive Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader. Maybe he exchanged them for James Earl Jones’ baritone?

Hopefully researchers can next turn their attention to explaining Padmé Amidala’s attraction to a younger and emotionally infantile man, Jango Fett’s twisted desire to be his own father, or whatever the hell was going on with Jar Jar Binks.

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