Anakin Skywalker and Narcissitic Personality Disorder

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The movie Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005) is about Anakin Skywalker played by Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen, who is learning to become a Jedi, but in time instead becomes a Sith known as Darth Vader. A Jedi is a person that has awareness of the "Force", and can maintain order in the universe, is known as the "Good Guy". A Sith is the enemy of the Jedis, and they use the dark side of the force, and want to have control over the universe. Anakin Skywalker suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (DSM IV-TR). Nevid (2008) "states that people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder have an inflated or grandiose sense of themselves and an extreme need for admiration" (p.447). To be diagnosed with this disorder the person must meet five or more of the criteria. The criteria from the DSM that Anakin has is; a grandiose sense of self-importance (ex. exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements), is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited power, believes that he is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high status people, lacks empathy such as unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others, and is envious of other or believes that others are envious of him.

In Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace where it shows Anakin, a slave, at the age of nine years old, living in Tatooine with his mother Shmi Skywalker. Qui-Gon (Jedi), Obi-Wan Kenobi(Jedi), and Padme (Soon to be lover, and a Senator) arrive at Tatooine in desperate need of parts for their plane. To get parts for their ship, a bet was made with Watto. Anakin would race a podrace and if he wins Anakin would be free and the Jedis would get the parts they needed, but if he looses, Watto would get the ship. After a gruesome race, Anakin wins....
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