Percy Jackson and his Emotional Disorder

In the “Lightning Thief”, a book by Rick Riordan, the protagonist Percy Jackson shows a lot about his problems relating to his impulsiveness and short-tempered personality. He often gets into fights with his friends, and he doesn’t behave to adults. If I could lend Percy a hand, I would encourage him to learn to be aware of his emotions and try to control them.

On page 5 of the book, Percy says “Will you shut up?? – it came out louder than I meant.” This quote shows that he doesn’t think before he speaks. He said “it came out louder than I meant” which shows that he didn’t mean to say it out loud, he was trying to keep it to himself but said it without being aware of himself. According to an article on managing emotions called “Helpful vs. Harmful Ways to Manage Emotions”, emotions are not always consciously controlled. This means that when you have irate feelings, it’s hard to control or be aware of them. This relates to Percy because it tells us that many other people can have a hard time being conscious, too- it’s not just Percy.


Further in the book, on page 18, Percy shows his anger towards the final exam by admitting “One evening before my final, I got so frustrated that I threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology across my dorm room.” This phrase shows that despite the fact that Percy was trying to study, his anger interrupted yet again for a small problem in his academic performance. Because Percy has always been getting bad grades, he wasn’t used to studying and when he finally tried to, it didn’t work out and Percy had to deal with even more emotional stress. According to an article on teens’ stressful emotions on, the cerebral cortex, a small part of your brain, helps us act logically and kind. But when you are in a bad mood, your cerebral cortex can’t function well because the entire brain is only thinking about the source of anger. Scientifically saying, Percy is like others when it comes to activating the cerebral cortex, but because he gets way too angry over small things, his brain becomes more focused on the reason than other brains when it comes to the same situation, and his cerebral cortex doesn’t function.


In the second chapter, Percy ‘gritted’ his teeth. This might be an exaggerated phrase to dictate the emotion level of Percy, but he c could’ve actually ‘gritted’ his teeth. In an educational video for children, it suggests a solution by saying “When you’re about to ‘flip your lid’, try breathing 5 deep breaths. This can help you calm your brain and relax your emotions.” Maybe Percy could try this too, because research indicates that when mad, breathing deep in and out can help by relaxing your breath and helping to calm your brain down for the cerebral cortex to work better.

Another quote from him that shows his emotions is when he says “I started feeling cranky and irritable most of the time. My grades slipped from Ds to Fs. I got into more fights with Nancy Bobofit and her friends. I was sent out to the hallway in almost every class” on page 17. This shows that the situation he is in was going on for quite long, and then his emotions slowly distracted his mind away from school. According to the article “Recognizing and Managing Emotions” on, learning something new or finding a new hobby can help you deal with your emotional stress taking over a long time. Basically, new hobbies or skills that you can learn will help you get your mind off the negative things happening to you by distracting your mind and casually or naturally make you forget about it.



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