Column: Psychology of ‘Star Wars


Commentary by Kristen Boice

The first three original “Star Wars” movies offer some deep and meaningful lessons woven throughout the story line. It’s interesting to look at them from a psychological perspective.  Even if you have not seen the movies, that is okay. There are some helpful themes that can be applied to daily life.

The Jedi masters’ teachings are powerful. It is really about what we believe to be true that determines whether or not we have the “force.” Our beliefs determine the outcome and how we feel. If we focus on negative and hate towards yourself and others, then we are focusing on the dark side. If we try to see the good, spread love, support others and build connections, then we are focusing on the light side.

Darth Vader believed he wasn’t enough. So, he shifted to the dark side to feel more powerful. In the end, when he allowed himself to feel, he connected to the light side. He always had the light within, which showed at the end of “Return of the Jedi.” Not feeling good enough drove a lot of his decisions and behaviors. He wanted to feel powerful and important.

Our beliefs play a huge role in how you see yourself and the world around you. Take time to be aware of your beliefs and how they shape how you feel. We all have so called dark and light within each of us. No one is all good or all bad. We all make mistakes and are imperfect. It’s how we look at these mistakes and feelings. Do you look for your worth by trying to be perfect or powerful by achieving? Do you focus on the negative and breed hate?

Research shows that the happiest people feel all of their feelings, see they are imperfect and work on building healthy connections with others. Start by exploring what you believe about yourself and make a choice see the light within you.

Kristen Boice is the owner of Pathways to Healing Counseling, LLC at 1212 Westfield Rd. in Noblesville. To contact her, email


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