As much as I love a good romp down Let’s Psychoanalyze Fictional Characters Lane, can I just point out the incredible waste of resources in a team of psychiatrists (that’s right, not just a guy, or some friends at the bar, or even a single, Star Wars-obsessed psych student) diagnosing Darth Vader with borderline personality disorder?
I have one thing to say: of course he has borderline personality disorder; he’s a frakking villain. If the bad guys didn’t have issues, they wouldn’t be bad guys (not believable ones, anyway).
[Eric] Bui [of Toulouse University Hospital in France] is convinced that by the time Anakin donned his black mask to become Darth Vader, he already met six of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV). Patients only need to match five criteria to qualify for a diagnosis.
You know it’s serious when they’re invoking what’s known in the psych field as The Manual.