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Obsession towards Idols

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Kaveena Magesperan

on 30 October 2013

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Derbaix and Korchia stated that celebrity worship is a
strong bond
or tie that exists between the individuals and the celebrities or idols.
Effects of being stalked
Celebrity stalker cases
Obsession towards Idols
Group members: Kaveena Dewy
Stephanie Lau
Elaine Lai
Arman Hossain
Cheryl Ann
Motivation & Emotion
The price of fame
Source: NBC Bay Area, 2013
Faces of the celebrity stalkers
Steven Burky
Livia Bistriceanu
Karen Mcneil
Stalking is defined as "the
willful, malicious
repeated following
of another person that threatens his or her safety".
(Meloy & Gothard,1995)
Models used to describe celebrity worshipping
Celebrity Attitude Scale (CAS)
prone to agree with the 23rd item on the CAS Scale
Para-social relationship
by Horton & Wohl (1956)
People tend to believe that they have a face-to-face relationship with their idols due to mass media
Absorption-Addiction model
Tellegen & Atkinsson (1974) states that those who score high on this model are likely to be
with their subject of interest
Even though stalkers do not have same behaviors, they can also be similar as they
concentrate on their victim
A higher obsession or attraction towards these idols would result in stalking
Research Findings
35 out of 105 public figures admitted to have been stalked
(Malsh,Visscher & Blaauw, 2002)
Mccutcheon, Scott Jr, Aruguette & Parker, 2006
higher desirability to celebrities for the "wrong reasons" was positively related to scores condoning the stalking-like manner aimed at celebrities
Roberts, 2007
49% of 200 participants have shown signs of performing at least one method of approaching their idols
implied that probabilities of approaching idols have a positive relationship with attachment and a negative relationship with attachment related avoidance.
Stalking tactics
Sheridan, Maltby & Gillett, 2006
In a fifty item survey to measure pathological dimensions of celebrity obsessions, it was found that 2.4% of 1162 participants showed signs of stalking as their answers fit the stalking category
Horton & Wohl (1956) found that levels of interest of society towards celebrities increased through media.
People also tend to buy magazines when their idols are on the cover page
Media invades the privacy of the celebrities by
stalking their movement
and this had made fans to be more
interested in daily activities
Media publishes articles concerning dietary counsel that help transform readers into the body shape of the celebrity (Ahern, Bennett & Kelly, 2011)
leads to
obsession towards thin models
According to Meloy (n.d), celebrities often share their recent activities through social media. This has given more clues for the fans to trace the location of the celebrities (France, 2009)

Factors that lead to obsession in celebrities
Insecure attachment in childhood
Insecure attachment in children
Leeds, DeBecker & Giles (1995) stated that attachment is a
firm relationship
that children primarily
experience with their parents.
People who have insecure attachment are more likely to stalk celebrities.
clingy and desperately want intimacy
People tend to be more fascinated with the celebrities life till they
substitute their lives
with the the lives of the celebrities
A way of forgetting bad things in their life and they feel that there is someone there for them.
Pursuit tactics
Invasion tactics
Intimidation tactics
Violence tactics
Mental health
Often feel fearful, stressed and insecure.
80% of victims have increased anxiety levels (Douglas, 2012)
Physical health
Often suffer from insomnia and nightmares.
75% of victims suffer from chronic sleep disorder (Douglas,2012)
Severe stress cause migraine and asthma
Effects of being stalked
May not be able to trust others due to insecurities.
Often isolate themselves from friends.
Celebrities may have to bear the damage stalkers may sometimes do to their properties.
Stalkers also often take away personal belongings to keep as rememberance ( The George Washington University, n.d)
stalkers believe their idols are their soulmates
(McCutcheon, Ashe & Houran, 2001)

Limitations of Study
the results were purely based on other research findings.
Reliability of the answers as participants may not be truthful
Motives of stalkers may vary based on the needs of the individuals.
Therefore, further research should be done using these details as a foundation to observe the behaviors of stalkers .
Hypothesis was supported.
Higher the obsession/attraction towards idol, the more likely an individual will engage in stalking behavior.
Measures to curb stalking.
Cooperate with prosecutors
Ignore and do not respond to further attempted interactions
Never attempt to reason with or appease a stalker
Protect yourself
May not fully stop stalking but at least there are measures to reduce it.
Thank you!
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Spitzberg, B. & Cupach, W. (2003). What mad pursuit?: Obsessive relational intrusion and stalking related phenomena. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 8(4), 345-375.
(Spitzbert & Cupach, 2003)
Derbaix, M. & Korchia, M. (n.d). Je t'aime...Moi non plus: Exploring the diversity and strength of fan-idol relationships in the field of music
Meloy, J.R. & Gothard, S. (1995). Demographic and clinical comparison of obsessional followers and offenders with mental disorders. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 152(2), 258-263
Hyman, R. & Sierra, J. (2010). Idolizing sport celebrities : A gateway to psychopathology. Young Consumers, 11(3), 226-238.
Mccutcheon, L.,Scott Jr, V., Aruguete, M. & Parker, J. (2006). Exploring the link between attachment and the inclination to obsess about or stalk celebrities. North American Journal of Psychology, 8(2), 289-300
Sheridan, L., Maltby, J. & Gillett, R. (2006). Pathological public figure preoccupation: Its relationship with dissociation and absorption. Personality and Individual Differences, 41(3), 525-535.
Robets, K. (2007). Relationship attachment and the behavior of fans towards celebrities. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 3(1), 54-74.
Ahern, A. L., Bennett, K.M., & Kelly, M. (2011). A qualitative exploration of young women's attitudes towards the thin ideal. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(1), 70-79.
Horton, D. & Wohl, R. (1956). Mass communication and para-social interaction: Observations on intimacy at a distance. Psychiatry, 19(3), 215-229.
France, L. R. (2009) Could you become a celebrity stalker? Cnn. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/11/05/celebrity.stalkers/
Douglas, L. (2012). The traumatic effects of stalking. Retrieved from http://opendoorsnh.blogspot.com/2012/01/traumatic-effects-of-stalking.html
TheFreeDictionary.com (2013). How to stop a stalker. Retrieved from http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/How+to+Stop+a+Stalker
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