Girls chasing after Justin Bieber!
Good or bad?
We all have celebrity crushes, whether the objects of our affections are movie stars, athletes, poets or politicians I also have a celebrity crush (Ian Somerhalder!) (hehe)! But is obsession the way to go?
We’re hungry for information about them, we want to know what they’re saying, what they’re wearing, where they’re going and whom they’re with.
And now new scientific research has found that celebrity-crushes are not only common but may be even healthy: a study suggests that the act of celebrity worship may be a boost to some people’s self-esteem.
A psychologist conducted studies on celebrity worship, focusing specifically on how admiration from afar may affect the admirer’s self-esteem. For some fans, there is something uniquely satisfying about carrying on an intense, relationship with celebrities. Perhaps some people who don’t feel good about themselves and are not able to get what they want out of a real relationship because of a fear of rejection can feel a connection with a celebrity and get something positive out of that
Though it borders on creepy, it’s not an entirely surprising idea.
A little can be good, but a lot can become harmful — as stalking and more obsessive behaviors prove. Recent research has even found that celebrity worship can decrease a person’s self-esteem because the endless admiration and yearning for a life and lifestyle that is out of reach may end up cementing feelings of isolation and inadequacy.
Studies found a range of celebrity-worship styles, from harmless adulation to debilitating addiction. Other research has documented a so-called celebrity-worship syndrome, much in the way that alcohol and drugs can define an addict’s life.
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the human brain is not well equipped to distinguish between real relationships and — as psychologists call them — “par asocial”, or imagined ones.
That means that some of the benefits people get from pseudo relationships with celebrities may be the same as those reaped from real friendships and real-life interactions.
So it’s O.K. to get caught up in Palin mania as long as you realise that too much is too harmful
By Medha Sood