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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.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
This is actually a very fun read. I generally don't like to read but I was recommended this book by a friend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jimmy
This is my second time reading this book; I read it for the first time several years ago. The insights are extremely relevant and powerful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by christine j
I read this book when it first came out, when I was still trying to save my marriage, and it's hard to believe that was back in 2009. Read morePublished 6 months ago by eustace
I suspected his thesis, but good to have it explained by a professional.Published 9 months ago by Joan Dunn
I would say this is an excellent assessment of how society today has devolved.Published 9 months ago by CRPK
Pinsky & Young peddle the notion that narcissism is a "continuous spectrum", which means that we are all narcissistic to a different degree. Read morePublished 15 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 16 months ago by Claudia L. Einertson