Winnie the Pooh Psychology Paper

June 12, 2018 Psychology

There are two ways to consider this movie; Disney’s newest animated entry based on the works of A. A. Milne, or a knowledge guide to mental disorders. Watching the Disney movie, I realized I could diagnose and identify the characters with disorders based on their behaviors. These characters include Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga, Rabbit, Eeore, and Christopher Robin. My personal favorite is the one and only, Christopher Robin. Starting with Christopher Robin, I would diagnose him with schizophrenia.

His imagination often manifests on hallucinations, where all of the other characters are formed in his mind. It’s more than likely that these characters represent feelings he experiences internally. Since he is still is a child, he is still learning how to interact with the external world. Next, we have the famous Winnie the Pooh. I identified not one, but three different disorders based on his behavior. Winnie, for sure, could be diagnosed with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It’s likely that he suffers from the inattentive subtype.

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This is where Winnie would exhibit careless and indifferent behavior towards his friends without exhibiting narcissism. He is also known for his obsession with honey. He grabs it anytime he can and would even put himself in danger to get it. This, also contributing to his obesity, is called impulsivity with obsessive fixation. Lastly is OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Winnie is continuously counting, or being distracted by precious honey. One of Winnie’s best friends is Piglet. I would diagnose him with Generalized-Anxiety Disorder.

He is always anxious about the other characters’ actions. He may have suffered self-esteem injury in the past, which brings him great stress, nervousness and anxiety. Piglet also has a distinct speech impediment with a stuttering problem, which may be connected to all the anxiety he experiences. The character with Dyslexa is quite clear to be Owl, being the eldest character. Although he spells his name Wol, he is said to be extremely bright, serving as a mentor and teacher to the others. Next, we have Tigger the tiger, another of Winnie’s best friends.

He cannot control his hyperness, making it apparent that he has ADHD. Tigger is also prepared to try any substance that comes in his direction. I figured this indicated a substance abuse problem. There is no doubt he is a social magnet, but his friends risk getting themselves into trouble because of his behavior. Captivating her young, specifically overprotective mothering, we have Kanga. She obsessively controls her young, Roo. She doesn’t allow him to make any decisions, mistakes, or grant him any time of his own.

This is also known as suffocation, and would diagnose her with Social Anxiety Disorder. Then we have Rabbit. Always over-organizing and obsession with order and method, I would diagnose him with OCD. Also, for a male, he is very feminine. Most would direct this to homosexuality. Lastly, we have sweet Eeore. Based on his behavior alone, he could be diagnosed with Depression. He has a major negative outlook on life, which makes him incapable of expressions certain emotions like excitement and joy. Most likely, Eeore is a major depressive.


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