Neuroticism and Celebrity Obsession
The top 10 posts from the last 2 years. I know that everyone else does this as a beginning-of-the-year thing in January, but…..
I was surprised to see which posts received the most hits.
Here is # 8 (drum roll, please)
Personality tests (using the NEO PI-R, a standard test) with people who worship celebrities consistently show high neuroticism. In this instance, neuroticism refers to people who experience a lot of anxiety, moodiness, worry, envy and jealousy, anger, self-consciousness, depression and who are likely to worry too much about situations. This finding reveals the darker
side of celebrity obsession, especially for those who experience a deeper, more intensely personal attachment to
a celebrity. It is not clear whether neurotic traits predispose people to become increasingly absorbed with celebrities or vice-versa but, it is cause for concern.
source: Maltby et al., 2001; 2003; 2004
To read a psychological mystery about obsession, check out Object of Obsession