Just to clarify, but my distinction between professional and personal had more to do with relationships. There are doctors, for example, who are excellent professionals -- who can handle any emergency or stressful situation and display great empathy with patients, but absolutely fail to connect or deal with family issues on any level. Being able to handle challenges in your line of work does not automatically confer competency in dealing with loved ones. I think, also, that the situation in ROTS differs in that Padmé has no external enemy to focus on. The people who have destroyed everything she worked for are near and rather dear to her -- her husband Anakin, her former Senator Palpatine, and her colleagues in the Senate. And Padmé herself played right into their hands in many cases. In TPM, her focus was on combating the Trade Federation while in AOTC, it was the Separatists. She may not always have followed orders, but she had a clear delineation of who she was fighting and what she was fighting. I don't think that Padmé's death stems from a refusal to deal with the situation. I think it stems from a deep sense of powerlessness and of a desire to protect those she loves in what manner she can (even if that means protecting them from themselves -- as in Anakin's case). I'm not suggesting that Leia's memories are natural. Of course, in our world, it's impossible to remember anything that far back. But Star Wars is a fantastical setting where such a thing is not impossible (Harry Potter is another example I brought up earlier). The films explicitly state that through the Force we can see old friends long gone. I don't believe that Leia is making up her memories, but I do think the reason she can remember is because of her Force potential and her empathy which is demonstrated repeatedly in her interactions with Luke.