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The Psychological Effects The Media has on Celebrities

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Sara Ellis

on 4 December 2012

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Most of us imagine feeling happy and content should we ever achieve the wealth and fame that comes with being a celebrity. However, the experience of being a person who is extremely visible in the media can take a tremendous toll on one’s life. Even the most grounded celebrities are vulnerable to the effects of being in the media spotlight.
The psychological effects of the media on celebrities Main Points NO PRIVACY Lost Sense of self Imposter Syndrome Loss of challenges Quest for immortality Paparazzi No privacy
Lost sense of self
Loss of challenges
Imposter Syndrome
Quest for media immortality Many celebrities feel unable to assert their individuality in a media world filled with stereotypes. As the media and fans develop a false perceptions of a celebrities, a celebrities begin to lose track of the different aspects of their own personality. This causes them to make choices that no longer reflect their true self, which further compromises their sense of identity. Over time, they feel increasingly isolated and alone and have difficulty trusting others.
Many celebrities fear their fame is fleeting, which leads them to constantly obsess about losing the attention of their fans and the media. After a celebrity’s fame peaks, it is often a brutal ride downward as they receive less attention from others. The loss of the spotlight can leave people feeling at a loss for purpose and importance. As a result celebrities often become desperate to regain notoriety and in doing so, become prone to acting out. In the wake of this loss, they often turn to self-destructive behaviors as a means to cope with overwhelming feelings of failure.
Paparazzi are known for setting celebrities up to mess up publicly.
George Clooney once said “..they are not trying to catch me doing something stupid, they are trying to create me doing something stupid.”
They often provoke celebrities to react harshly by bringing up the latest gossip about them like weight gain or divorce.
They have no regard for personal space and tend to get so close to celebs and swarm them to the point that they cannot easily move or leave.
Everything celebrities do is publicized for the world to see, discuss, and mock. We love reading all about the missteps and gossip of the rich and famous, the more embarrassing, the better. A celebrity’s natural response to this scrutiny is increased self-consciousness and paranoia. Many celebrities, particularly those in the political arena, grow weary of the unrealistic standards they are held to, and begin to feel resentful of the limitations of being in the public spotlight. They may “act out” in response to feeling suffocated by their carefully constructed public image. Self-destructive, acting out behaviors often include unsavory sexual appetites, scandalous liaisons, volatile outbursts, or other destructive patterns such as uncontrolled substance use. Exposure of their behaviors by the media can lead to overwhelming feelings of shame when their public image is destroyed..
The experience of achieving your goals and realizing it’s not as fulfilling as you think can be is disappointing. You’ve landed your dream job and begin settling in after your first big break…at first it’s exhilarating, but then you eventually wonder, “Is this all there is?” When a celebrity begins to feel they have nothing left to strive for, suddenly they are left struggling to fill that empty emotional space with something even more thrilling. Often celebrities turn to taking increasingly bigger and more dangerous risks, as a way to regain a sense of challenge. Some celebrities are shocked by their fame, knowing that they're far from perfect. The feeling of being an imposter occurs when people don’t feel they deserve their success. Celebrities may also fear being discovered, that the public will find out that they’re not as talented, intelligent, or attractive as they are portrayed in the media. They become keenly aware that their fans have idealized them in a way that is impossible to match in real life. Consequently, celebrities can begin to feel their gifts are no longer enough, leaving them with a sense of inadequacy. Going to Far Most paparazzi will do anything for pictures and are the cause to countless accidents from relentlessly hounding stars. Most motor accidents involving stars happen because they are trying to flee the paparazzi.
Prime Example Princess Diana and two others were killed in car crash in 1997 after allegedly trying to flee photographers.
Most people claimed after the wreck initially occurred, instead of calling police most paparazzi just crowed the scene and tried to take pictures of a nearly lifeless Diana.
It is even said that she begged them to leave her alone as she lay dying in the car.
Stars become overwhelmed and confused by all the attention they receive and how it tends to be either extremely positive or negative and never a happy medium. They tend to hate themselves one day and adore themselves the next.
This can result in : Suicide/Depression Public Meltdowns And Seclusion So why do they do it? Before After Before After One last Thing Answer this question on a piece of paper and turn it in to me. Other than money, why would someone knowing the negative effects of stardom still choose fame over emotional stability? Explain your answer
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