Each character in 'Winnie The Pooh' represents a different mental disorder - some may surprise you
We all loved the classic children's story 'Winnie The Pooh'. The story focuses on a group of friends who live in the Hundred Acre Wood.
When you were a kid, these stories may have seemed spontaneous and meaningless, but the truth is that they are based on certain behavioral patterns. According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, it turns out that each of the characters in Winnie The Pooh was written to represent a mental disorder. Is there a character you identified with more than others?
Winnie the Pooh
The star of the story is adventurous and extroverted, but also he has a hard time staying on track, and an obsessive fixation on honey. His thoughts are scattered everywhere, he has no orderly schedule, and his life seems to be made up of random things happening to him. Winnie the Pooh represents ADHD and an eating disorder.
The character who almost never was happy. He's definitely the 'downer' of the group, no matter what good things happen around him. Eeyore is a victim of deep depression.
Roo the kangaroo
This little cutie may seem to be in control of things, but that's not the case. He gets lost in his world and every time gets into complicated situations. He also goes through moments of utter loneliness, blocking the world around him from the comfort of his mother's pocket. Roo represents autism.
The pink piglet has a sweet heart, but extreme anxiety dominates it. Whenever something happens - like a voice or movement - he immediately feels the need to hide. It is easy to identify with Piglet's need for a peaceful and relaxed environment. Piglet represents anxiety.
The loving mother may keep her child in her pocket because she is a kangaroo, but she also shows signs of a 'helicopter parent', one who cannot lose eye contact with her child and must wrap it every second of the day. Her worries about family support also add to the not-so-easy behavior. Kanga suffers from social anxiety.
This is one of the most neat and organized cartoon characters you will ever meet. He always has to have everything around him organized, and he can not stand the mess. The Rabbit represents a classical case of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The energetic friend can not sit still for a second. He is always looking for the next thing: what new adventure is around the corner, or what he can do to entertain himself. The tiger is a highly hyperactive animal and a risk-taker. The tiger represents ADHD.
This character may differ from the other in the fact he is a human being, but his personality also hints an illness. All his friends are completely a fiction of his imagination: in reality they are just toys. Christopher's prolific imagination sends him into a whole other world. He is a shining example of Schizophrenia.
The cast of 'Winnie the Pooh' is a complex group of individuals, each of whom represents a different mental illness. Now that you know this, you will look at the stories in a completely different way.