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- DescriptionWhy are we so deeply interested in celebrity lives and loves, their endlessly repeated journey from rising star to inevitable flame out? In spite of extreme fame, fortune, and opportunity, why do their lives always seem so steeped in drama? And-most important - how are their lives changing ours? In this shattering new book, authors Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young offer an eye-opening new look at our celebrity-crazed culture - from what drives people to seek fame in the first place, to how our obsession with celebrity is changing the emotional landscape. Drawing upon an unprecedented academic study of celebrity personality they recently published in The Journal of Research in Personality (Sept: 06) - the first such study to collect in-depth research data from actual celebrity sources - Pinsky and Young explore the widespread prevalence of narcissistic behavior among celebrities from all walks of fame, from actors and musicians to comedians and reality TV stars. Their core finding was that individuals who become celebrities are more likely to have certain kinds of psychological damage - narcissistic personality issues, often rooted in childhood trauma, with attendant mood disturbances, melodramatic tendencies, and substance abuse problems. And those issues, in turn, lead to the private-and increasingly public-struggles of celebrities that ultimately command public attention. They also press further, exploring how these celebrities' constant public exposure (in every sense of the word) is being modeled on a 24-hour basis to the rest of our culture-and especially our children.
- Author BiographyOne of the most listened-to doctors in America, Dr. Drew Pinsky is a practicing physician who is board certified in internal and addiction medicine. He is the executive producer and host of the hit VH1 reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House, and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew. On radio he is the host of the nationally syndicated program Loveline. He is the author of Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again and When Painkillers Become Dangerous. Pinsky lives in Southern California with his wife, Susan, and their teenage triplets. Dr. S. Mark Young heads the entertainment business program at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and is the author of five books.
- Author(s)Drew Pinsky,S. Mark Young
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Date of Publication01/05/2009
- SubjectPopular Psychology
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Weight430 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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