Seen here cupping his imaginary friend's balls, a recent study indicates that Darth Vader might have actually suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I know, I'm shocked too. But not by Emperor Palpetine -- I ain't going out like that, Wrinkles!
[Anakin] Skywalker hit six out of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV). He only needed to meet five criteria to qualify as suffering from the disorder.
Skywalker's case of borderline personality disorder has proven useful for both Bui and Rachel Rodgers, a researcher at the Center for Studies and Research in Applied Psychology in France. They have used the "Star Wars" example to teach their students for the past few years, and noted that such a famous fictional example could spread awareness.
The researchers also suggested that the success of the "Star Wars" prequel films might partially rely upon how teens can relate to the troubled Anakin Skywalker. Only adults can be diagnosed with to borderline personality disorder under the current DSM-IV guidelines, but Bui and Rodgers pointed to several studies that suggest the disorder is fairly frequent among teens.
..."the success of the "Star Wars" prequel films might partially rely upon how teens can relate to the troubled Anakin Skywalker"? Really? I thought it was because the movie WAS CALLED F***ING STAR WARS and there were aliens and laser sword fights and shit. I mean, but I could be wrong (I'm 120% right and you know it).
The Psychology of Darth Vader Revealed [livescience] (with a bunch more detail about Darth's sickness)
Thanks to Wes and Alie, who had assumed it was just some sort of twisted Napoleon complex.