Twitch S15-16 What Mental Illnesses Do Star Wars Characters Have And Does Fiction Help Our Mental Health?

Hi Ladies and Gents!

This week we talked about things that are a bit lighter than our usual topics, but important none-the-less--Star Wars (and other Sci-Fi).

For our Star Wars discussion, I checked out what more qualified nerds have said over the years about our beloved characters. Not only have they been fully diagnosed, but those diagnoses were then used as a complex way to explain certain disorders to future med students.

Check out the full talk to learn what other viewers thought of the diagnoses and the short version if you want to simply learn who has what affliction. 

Sources Used: 

Is Anakin Skywalker suffering from borderline personality disorder?
Laboratoire du Stress Traumatique (JE2511), Toulouse University Hospital, Casselardit Hospital, France Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche en Psychopathologie, France
Received 27 October 2008, Revised 20 January 2009, Accepted 24 March 2009, Available online 26 May 2010.

Using Star Wars’ supporting characters to teach about psychopathology
Susan Hatters Friedman, Ryan CW Hall First Published August 1, 2015

Personal Stories: How Star Wars Helped My Mental Illness

Star Wars Psychology: The Problems with Diagnosing Kylo Ren

Can we diagnose The Force Awakens' villain without knowing more background?

Luke Skywalker's Individuation
Steve Gronert Ellerhoff, Jung Journal Volume 9, 2015 - Issue 3, Pages 44-54; 31 Jul 2015
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Movies in Mind: Star Wars The consciousness ‘awakens’
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, First Published August 4, 2016

We couldn't even begin to do so without discussing Carl Jung first,  because the above concept is basically his idea. Hope you read up and enjoy!
Info on who is Carl Jung


Then, on Sunday, we kept the chat going by learning more about Science Fiction and the escapism it provides. We started by talking about Dungeons and Dragons, including a very special case study. Pat joined us again and talked about how video games have helped him improve his own mental health.


Emotional stability pertaining to the game of Dungeons & Dragons
Armando Simón; October 1987
DOI: 10.1002/1520-6807(198710)24:4<329::AID-PITS2310240406>3.0.CO;2-9

A Jungian examination of images of the divine and the demonic in contemporary science fiction television series
Trouba, Mary B.. California Institute of Integral Studies, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2002. 3042880. Thesis publication.

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
Dongdong Li, Albert Liau, and Angeline Khoo. September 2011, 14(9): 535 -539.

Dungeons and dragons: The use of a fantasy game in the psychotherapeutic treatment of a young adult Blackmon, Wayne D. American Journal of Psychotherapy; New York Vol. 48, Iss. 4,  (Fall 1994): 624-32.

Fiction, poetry and mental health: expressive and therapeutic uses of literature
Mcardle, S.; Byrt, R.;Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing;; 10.1046/j.1351-0126.2001.00428.x


Thanks again for stopping by again!

Don't forget to be the light,