Mental Health Linked to Celebrity Worship

“I’m Your Number One Fan”— A Clinical Look at Celebrity Worship

by Randy A. Sansone, MD and Lori A. Sansone, MD

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3960781/

            Randy A. Sansone and Lori A. Sansone are both medical doctors from Ohio, U.S.A. The authors specialize in psychiatry and internal medicine. Many of their works are related to personality disorders and eating disorders. According to the author notes provided by the article, Randy A. Sansone is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, and Director of Psychiatry Education at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, OH.  L. Sansone is a civilian family medicine physician and Medical Director of the Family Health Clinic at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center in WPAFB, OH.

Based on the experiences of Dr. R. Sansone and Dr. L. Sansone, this is a credible source. Both authors have an extensive background in the study of mental health which is the premise of their paper on celebrity worship. With the knowledge they possess, it is clearly credible for the authors to link mental health issues to celebrity worship. Furthermore, their credibility is proven in the fact that both have credible jobs in their field. Dr. R. Sansone is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. Dr. L. Sansone is a civilian family medicine physician and Medical Director of the Family Health Clinic at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center in WPAFB, OH. The authors of this piece will help me link the mental health aspect to celebrity worship.

 

This article first lays a foundation for how celebrity worship is measured with the celebrity worship scale and the celebrity attitudes scale. The authors go into detail on the different levels of worship and how these scales measure them. The next part of the article, the authors describe the general characteristics of celebrity worshippers. While compiling studies on the subject, the authors determine multiple traits of celebrity worshippers. For example, they are more likely to get plastic surgery and be, “foolish, persistent, irresponsible, submissive, and less honest.” The authors use multiple studies to correlate celebrity worshippers to people with mental health issues in the next section. For example, issues like dissociation and addiction. As well as higher rates of criminal tendencies, compulsive buying and stalking behavior. Many of the issues brought up are linked to people with a greater rate of celebrity worship based on the previously mentioned scales. The scales are used as a tool to prove and determine the link to mental health problems and other problems.

Through summarizing studies extensively, this source will give me insight into ideas I can talk about in my paper.

  • “Researchers found that higher levels of celebrity worship were associated with overall poorer mental health.”
  • “In this study, both materialism and compulsive buying were associated with celebrity worship.”
  • “In this study, dissociation was related to establishing contact with a celebrity…”
  • “…high levels of celebrity worship were associated with both fantasy proneness and dissociation.”

 

Works Cited

Sansone, Randy A, and Lori A Sansone. “‘I’m Your Number One Fan’- A Clinical Look at Celebrity Worship.” Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, Matrix Medical Communications, Jan. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3960781/.

2 thoughts on “Mental Health Linked to Celebrity Worship

  1. Hi, Rob! I’m not part of your group but this was a great read. This is a great topic to write about, considering we are living in the age of social media. The idea of celebrity worshipping also goes hand-in-hand with the rise of social media influencers. Social media sites such as Instagram and Tik-tok promote the idea of lookism, as influencers seem to live this luxurious and glamorous lifestyle. This could spark feelings of incompetency and inferiority in their followers, who would then feel inclined to try and look like their favorite celebrities or influencers. Overall, I think you will do a great job with this argumentative piece.

    • Thank you, I appreciate the comment. I totally agree, when people see the, “luxurious,” life of celebrities they then compare it to their own and it leads to dissatisfaction. This is something I will definitely focus on in my argument.

Leave a Reply