Well, it turns out there was no “Dark Side of the force” influencing Anakin Skywalker and his transformation from a cute little robotics engineer and pod racer to an angst ridden teenager with a superiority complex to Darth freakin’ Vader.
According to an article in the journal Psychiatry Research, Anakin Skywalker suffered from borderline personality disorder (BPD).
‘He presented impulsivity and difficulty controlling his anger and alternated between idealisation and devaluation (of his Jedi mentors). Permanently afraid of losing his wife, he made frantic efforts to avoid her abandonment and went as far as betraying his former Jedi companions. He also experienced two dissociative episodes secondary to stressful events. One occurred after his mother’s death, when he exterminated a whole tribe of Tuskan people, while the other one took place just after he turned to the dark side. He slaughtered all the Jedi younglings before voicing paranoid thoughts concerning his former mentor and his wife. Finally, the films depicted his quest to find himself, and his uncertainties about who he was. Turning to the dark side and changing his name could be interpreted as a sign of identity disturbance.’
A group of colleagues from the Toulouse University Hospital, in France, made an arm-chair diagnosis of Anakin Skywalker as having BPD. They make note of the absence of a father figure in early childhood, an early separation from his mother and “infantile illusions of omnipotence”. The authors claim that Anakin meets six of the formal nine DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual) criteria for BPD.
I think I’d be more satisfied with this as an explanation in the movies than midichlorians *shudder*. Midichlorians?! Really George?…. REALLY?!