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Reality TV. Celebutantes. YouTube. Sex Tapes. Gossip Blogs. Drunk Driving. Tabloids. Drug Overdoses.
Is this entertainment? Why do we keep watching? What does it mean for our kids?
In the last decade, the face of entertainment has changed radically—and dangerously, as addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky and business and entertainment expert Dr. S. Mark Young argue in this eye-opening new book. The soap opera of celebrity behavior we all consume on a daily basis—stories of stars treating rehab like vacation, brazen displays of abusive and self-destructive "diva" antics on TV, shocking sexual imagery in prime time and online, and a constant parade of stars crashing and burning—attracts a huge and hungry audience. As Pinsky and Young show in The Mirror Effect, however, such behavior actually points to a wide-ranging psychological dysfunction among celebrities that may be spreading to the culture at large: the condition known as narcissism.
The host of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and of the long-running radio show Loveline, Pinsky recently teamed with Young to conduct the first-ever study of narcissism among celebrities. In the process, they discovered that a high proportion of stars suffer from traits associated with clinical narcissism—including vanity, exhibitionism, entitlement, exploitativeness, self-sufficiency, authority, and superiority. Now, in The Mirror Effect, they explore how these stars, and the media, are modeling such behavior for public consumption—and how the rest of us, especially young people, are mirroring these dangerous traits in our own behavior.
Looking at phenomena as diverse as tabloid exploitation ("Stars . . . they're just like us!"), reality-TV train wrecks (from The Anna Nicole Show to My Super Sweet 16 to Bad Girls Club), gossip websites (TMZ, PerezHilton, Gawker), and the ever-evolving circle of pop divas known as celebutantes (or, more cruelly, celebutards), The Mirror Effect reveals how figures like Britney and Paris and Lindsay and Amy Winehouse—and their media enablers—have changed what we consider "normal" behavior. It traces the causes of disturbing celebrity antics to their roots in self-hatred and ultimately in childhood disconnection or trauma. And it explores how YouTube, online social networks, and personal blogs offer the temptations and dangers of instant celebrity to the most vulnerable among us.
Informed and provocative, with the warm and empathetic perspective that has won Dr. Drew Pinsky legions of fans, The Mirror Effect raises important questions about our changing culture—and provides insights for parents, young people, and anyone who wonders what celebrity culture is doing to America.
Pinsky & Young peddle the notion that narcissism is a "continuous spectrum", which means that we are all narcissistic to a different degree. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MWin
Dr Drew NEVER disappoints! Great Book!
It made me want to cancel all my social networking sites, and turn off the tv more!
This book was very helpful as I was interested in finding out more about narcissists and how they think. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Claudia L. Einertson
Repetitive and boring - this book does very little to add to an understanding of the subject. Do not bother.Published 7 months ago by B. T. Eason
Found the info very interesting as a psych student. Would definitely recommend if trying to understand why we follow celebrities like we do.Published 11 months ago by SteadiShopper
This book is an excellent evaluation by the already pivotal icon, Dr. Drew Pinsky. Read if you are in any way, shape, or form interested in sociology and different perspectives on... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Derek D. Alston
I'm a huge fan of Dr. Drew, have been listening to Loveline for a looong time. The show has shaped a large part of who I am and how I interact with society, and how I've landed my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paul K.
The topic of the book is very interesting and well written. However, it is a little on the clinical side.Published 15 months ago by Heather