fictional stars, real problems

I just ran across a copy of the Wall Street Journal from 2010 that I clearly kept as comic relief because of this feature: “Fictional Stars, Real Problems – the diagnoses psychiatrists & medical school classes give characters as a way to practice for treating real people.”

And here they are:

Willy Wonka (“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”/”Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”) – Abused child with schizotypal personality disorder

Tony Soprano (“The Sopranos”) – Panic attacks, depression

Bella Swan (“Twilight”) – Chronic low self-esteem, depression

Edward Cullen (“Twilight”) – Emotionally stunted for a 100-year-old man

Anton Chigurh (“No Country for Old Men”) – Antisocial personality disorder

Scarlett O’Hara (“Gone with the Wind”) – Narcissistic personality disorder

Winnie-the-Pooh – Obsession & cognitive impairment disorder

It’s probably a writer thing, but this amuses me to no end! :smiley4

I’d love to hear the diagnoses for even more fictional┬ácharacters—if only I had the psychology/medical degree to come up with them on my own. :smiley13


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  1. Minna says:

    Fifty Shades of Grey comes to mind. I would have needed brain bleach after reading it! :smiley7 Christian Grey: the guy is a psychopath. Anastasia Steele: I don’t know what her problem is exactly, but someone who is less than sympathetic towards a sick friend, keeps talking about her “inner goddess”, shrugs off the fact that her boyfriend is stalking her as joke, and thinks dating a guy like Christian is a good idea, well, she definitely has some serious problems. (Some of the reviews I saw on Goodreads were much more fun to read than the book itself.)

    • Heidi says:

      LOL Ohmigosh, I can’t believe you brought up 50 Shades. With the movie previews on TV all the time now, it’s in my head a lot—& not in a good way. :smiley18

      Words cannot express how much I do not care about that book/movie. And you are so right about how disturbed they would be under true psychological diagnosis. Yep, yep, yep. :smiley10

      • Minna says:

        Well, I did make the mistake of reading it. And eewww! I can’t believe the book has been so popular they have turned it into a movie! But I do recommend Katrina Passick Lumsden’s reviews of Fifty Shades books on Goodreads. They were so much better than the one book I read and I have no intention of torturing myself with the rest of the series. :smiley6

        • Heidi says:

          I don’t get the appeal, that’s for sure. But I was smart enough to avoid them, regardless of the hype. (Which was quite easy, actually, as they don’t appeal to me on any level. :smiley8 )

  2. Mary Kirkland says:

    Oh those are too funny.

    • Heidi says:

      Aren’t they, tho? Poor Winnie-the-Pooh. :smiley21

      I worry, tho, what they’d say about me if they got a peek inside my noggin. :smiley7

  3. LeeAnn Pratt says:

    I think all were spot on diagnosis’s is that a word? is
    A friend of mine lent me all three of the 50 Shades of Grey/Gray books ..however they spell it. Anywho so I read the first one…read a chapter in the second and gave them back….Can I just say…imo…ewww ick..didn’t care for it but hey…that is just me .

    • Heidi says:

      I’m with you, actually. The entire concept doesn’t appeal to me…& neither does the rash of dom/sub romances coming out ever since. Hot & sexy is good, but that sort of thing just isn’t my cuppa. :smiley18

      Happily, I did *not* make the mistake of going anywhere near those books. Wise…I’m so darn wise. :smiley6

  4. Dee says:

    I was seriously laughing at the Twilight ones. I have not read the 50 shades books either. I have heard mixed reviews…a few of my friends could not get past the “horrid writing style” and the ones who loved it I wondered if this was their first foray into “romance” or not.

    I agree with the whole cup of tea thing, but I like my books to be readable and have an actual plot.

    • Heidi says:

      AMEN, Darling Dee! I couldn’t have said it better myself! :smiley34

      I wasn’t going to say anything about the actual writing, but when the books first came out, I read excerpts &…no. :smiley8 And I think the same thing when people say they loved the books…um, you’re not real familiar with actual romance novels or decent writing, are you? :smiley16

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