Have you heard the rumor that the characters from Winnie the Pooh actually represent different psychological diagnoses? We investigated the theory so you didn’t have to. Listen to hear what we found!
Content Warning: This episode includes discussion of mental illness, trauma, and PTSD.
Images sourced from the “Characters” page of Winniepedia and Alex Tomb’s Cove Collective article, and IDRLabs, both linked below. End credits music is the original theme from “Winnie the Pooh,” accessed through the Internet Archive.
Images sourced from the “Characters” page of Winniepedia, https://pooh.fandom.com/wiki/Category… and Alex Tomb’s Cove Collective article, and IDRLabs, both linked below. End credits music is the original theme from “Winnie the Pooh,” accessed through the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/tvtunes_2….
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Alex Tomb, “Winnie-the-Pooh Explains Milne’s Post-War Struggles and Offers Comfort,” COVE Collective, February 28, 2021.
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh (Boston: Dutton Books, 1982).
Benjamin Hoff, The Te of Piglet (Boston: Dutton Books, 1992).
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Valentina Stoycheva, “What Winnie the Pooh Can Teach Us About PTSD,” Psychology Today, August 12, 2019. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/bl….
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