I have no idea whether this relates back to research skills, but it’s the last blog entry of the academic year and so I wanted to it on something that I only recently found out, but think is really interesting.
Whilst searching for blog topics a couple of weeks ago, I came across an article about cartoon characters and how they can be diagnosed to having medical disorders. The main example of this is the beloved children’s programme, which played an important role in most of our early childhoods, Winnie The Pooh. Each character in the Winnie The Pooh cartoon has a very strong personality. This is no doubt why so many of us love the show. Yet, it is these personality traits which can be translated into a Psychological Disorders. I don’t believe that the books and TV shows were created with this idea in mind, however when each character is psychologically analysed, each one clearly has a disorder that can be diagnosed based on their behaviours.
So looking at each character individually:
Christopher Robin – Schizophrenia
Christopher Robin is the creator of all of these characters. In his mind, these characters represent feelings within himself as he learns to cope with the external world, taking on each persona. It has been said that each character represent the development of the ego/self.
Winnie the Pooh – Addict/Eating Disorder
Winnie the Pooh has unhealthy obsessive fixation with honey. This constant quest for food and eating with his hands would automatically be recognised by Freud as an oral fixation. Even with a vast number of friends it could be said that Pooh is trying to fulfil a loneliness, using food as a comforter.
Piglet – Anxiety
This anxiety disorder manifests itself in paranoia, making Piglet have irrational and delusional fears about everything, resulting in him finding it difficult to function normally. As well as lacking self-esteem, Piglet also has a speech impediment with his stuttering problem.
Owl – Dyslexic
The image of the owl is associated with wisdom and knowledge. The character Owl is of course quite clever, with all the “right answers,” however it was clear he does not fully understand written work and would instead decipher the messaged based on it images.
Tigger – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Tigger cannot control his hyperactivity, constantly distracted, impulsive and doesn’t seem to care. His destructive behaviour often results in him getting into trouble. His is extremely curious and is willing to try anything that crosses his path which would concern psychologist with substance abuse.
Rabbit – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Rabbit is known for being over organised and obsessive about it, always worried about how things looked, constantly returning to check that everything is still in order.
Eeyore – Depression
Eeyore’s disorder is the most obvious. Rarely with a smile on his face, he doesn’t care much about anything. To say that he is gloomy is a bit of an understatement. He isn’t bipolar as he never displayed a mixed of sudden highs with sudden lows, he is presented chronically as always being depressed.
I know that it is a ridicules idea, to diagnose cartoon character, and that over analysing such simple concepts can destroy them, even spoil a beloved childhood character. I just found the whole idea really interesting.