Case Study: Howl (Howls moving Castle)

If you haven’t seen any of the Studio Ghibli films Hayao Miyazaki stop reading this and go watch them now. I don’t care if Anime isn’t your thing, these films are masterpieces of storytelling and visuals that will send your spirit soaring. Start with Howls Moving Castle (because not only is it the one we’re…

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Distress Tolerance 11: The Path to the Dark Side

As we explored in my case study of Anakin Skywalker, young Anakin is denied entrance into Jedi training because he is too old, and because he has too much fear in his heart. He is confronted with the fear of losing his mother, and when he complains “what’s that got to do with anything?” Yoda…

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Distress Tolerance 10: The Ring of Power

There is a moment in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, when Frodo, Gandalf, and the fellowship are at a standstill in the middle of the Mines of Moria, and are not sure which turn to take next. Frodo and Gandalf discuss the events that led them to this point and…

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Distress Tolerance 9: The Kobayashi Maru

For those who don’t speak nerd, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Trek reference. Its a test cadets in Starfleet academy have to pass if they ever want to captain a Starship, but it’s designed to put them into a no-win situation to see how they react to failure. The test is a simulation in…

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Case Study 1: Anakin Skywalker

Back in 2007, an article in wired (https://www.livescience.com/10679-psychology-darth-vader-revealed.html) described our favourite star wars angsty tragic hero as having BPD. Since then medical students have been using him as an example of how to identify and diagnose the disorder. Here’s what I found in my own investigation: Remember, you only need to show at least 5…

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