Do Winnie the Pooh characters show signs of psychological disorders?

Oct 27, 2023, 09:01 PM IST

Do Winnie the Pooh characters show signs of psychological disorders?

Srishti Sisodia

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Srishti Sisodia

Winnie the Pooh's characters represent how different mental illnesses and struggles can look like. The Winnie the Pooh brand was created by English author AA Milne and originally debuted in 1926 as a collection of stories in a book titled Winnie-the-Pooh.

The Canadian Medical Association published a study in 2000, titled 'Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: A neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne', reviewed the characters and offered conclusions.

Winnie the Pooh: As per the study, Pooh represents an eating disorder. Pooh also suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Christopher Robinson: He represents schizophrenia as he spends his time talking to animals. The study also points out the "obvious problem of a complete absence of parental supervision".

Piglet: He has an anxiety disorder. He is always anxious, blushing, flustered. According to the study, he clearly suffers from a Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

Tigger: He also has ADHD. He has a recurrent pattern of risk-taking behaviours. "Look, for example, at his impulsive sampling of unknown substances when he first comes to the Hundred Acre Wood," the study read.

Eeyore: He represents major depressive disorder. The donkey is always sad and low energy. The study noted that they "do not have sufficient history to diagnose this as an inherited, endogenous depression or to know whether some early trauma contributed to his chronic negativism".

Rabbit: He has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He needs to be extraordinarily self-important and has his odd belief system that he has a "great many relations and friends".

Owl: He represents narcissistic personality disorder. The study says that he is bright but dyslexic. He tries to cover up for his phonological deficits, which is common behaviour.