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Transcript of Tinkerbell
BPD is a serious mental illness marked by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships. People with BPD experience brief psychotic episodes, and suffer from:
Problems with regulating emotions and thoughts
Impulsive and reckless behavior
Unstable relationships with other people
BPD can lead to a variety of other stressful mental and behavioral problems. Anger, impulsiveness, and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though a person may desire to have loving, lasting relationships.
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Tinkerbell was born in Neverland around 2000
She was created by Peter Pan when he sprinkled pixie dust and dripped magic potion, from another fairy, onto a tulip.
She lives in Tinkers Nook in Pixie Hollow, Neverland.
Tinkerbell does not have any parents or immediate family.
Tinkerbell is a sassy, sneaky, crafty, clever, jealous, envious, brave, and smart tinker fairy. She fixes pots and pans.
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lived together on the island of Neverland. They were best friends and always together.
She wishes to be deeply loved by Peter Pan in return.
Tinkerbell grew up with Peter Pan. It was always just the two of them, so she never had any reason to show jealous until Wendy came along ...
We have diagnosed Tinkerbell with Borderline Personality Disorder as a result of her unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships.
Tinkerbell's BPD may be the result of a combination of factors, both nature and nurture. Factors that seem likely to play a role include:
Borderline Personality Disorder
Tinkerbell is in love with Peter Pan and becomes
when he interacts with Wendy. She finds it
difficult to control her emotions
and is often
unable to form stable relationships
fears Peter will abandon her for Wendy
On one occasion, she took this to extremes when she
attempted to have Wendy killed
. She asked the Lost Boys to shoot Wendy with an arrow.
Sometimes Tinkerbell is all good and sometimes she is all bad. However, the extremes in her personality are explained by the fact that a fairy's size prevents her from holding more than one emotion at a time. As a result, Tinkerbell often feels an
unstable sense of self
and interprets normal, time-limited
from individuals she cares about
or a sign that she is in some way 'bad'.
Tinkerbell finds it seemingly
impossible to control her anger
. She has
in response to things that would cause only minor irritation to others. Wendy's compassion makes Tinkerbell even more
jealous and angry
- perhaps because she is
incapable of consistently feeling such warmth for another person
Suicide attempts and self-harm
are common in those with BPD, as are reckless and impulsive acts. When Peter's medicine was poisoned by Captain Hook, Tinkerbell drank it, knowing it might kill her. It is unclear whether or not she wanted to die, but by drinking the medicine she behaved in an irrational way.
Suicide attempt or cry for attention?
6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g.,
intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a
few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
7. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g.,
frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical
9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.
A. A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self- image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do
not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in
2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self
image or sense of self.
4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.
5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
Jenna Panek & Lana Dumenko
Tinkerbell's disorder may have been inherited; however, knowing that she was created by Peter Pan makes this unlikely.
Tinkerbell's disorder may be associated with childhood abuse, neglect, and separation from caregivers or loved ones. Tinkerbell was raised alone with Peter Pan. Although they were close, she did not grow up in a normal environment with obvious parental figures to love and care for her. In addition, once Wendy comes along, she feels a stronger sense of loneliness and neglect.
Some research has shown changes in certain areas of the brain involved in emotion regulation, impulsiveness, and aggression. Also, certain brain chemicals that help regulate mood, such as serotonin, may not function properly. This is a plausible hypothesis when considering Tinkerbell's disorder.