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The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America

The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America

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by Drew Pinsky

In the eye-opening New York Times bestseller, The Mirror Effect, widely respected addiction and behavior specialist and producer/host of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH1, Dr. Drew Pinsky takes a hard look at the profound changes blogging, tweeting, tabloids, and reality TV are having on the American way of life. An important wake up call

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The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful and accurate read by Pinsky and Young about our celebrity obsessed culture and why fixating on narcissistic stars isn't a good think for us or our kids.
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
This book lives up to it's subtitle far more than it does it's concept. That is that the celebrity aspect is explored far more than the character trait of narcissism. There seems to be very little in this book that doesn't involve celebrity misbehavior and self-promotion and despite it's claims to explore the effects of this behavior on the American populace in general the book never really delivers on that level. Instead the reader is given a list of meltdowns and shallowness perpetrated by various ex-Disney princesses as they make their way out of childhood stardom into adult careers and enhanced with a list of self-promoting antics by a series of untalented and vapid pseudo-Celebes like Paris Hilton. Add the fact that Dr. Drew comes to his conclusions not from deep clinical studies but from a questionnaire passed around to guest on his radio show 'Loveline' and his own special brand of empathy and touchy-feely psycho-analysis and the reader is left feeling underserved served and disconnected. The truth is that this book doesn't play in Peoria as the old saying goes. I don't believe that the kids in the Midwest see images of Lindsey, Britney, Paris et al in some fancy Hollywood club and than spend their time in the clubs getting wasted and feeling empty and lashing out. They probably have better things to do with their time. This book borders on being a vanity project for the good doctor who has spent his life surrounded by the celebrity culture he alleges to expose - warts and all - and little bearing on American life or the ailments that affect it. The fact that he uses information garnered from the self-analysis of D-list Celebes appearing on radio doesn't help his cause. The book is written well enough and all of his points are well made but the issue is not so much the clinical aspect of his research but more the validity and necessity of his theories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am deeply moved by Pinsky's latest literary intallment. 'The Mirror Effect...' offers great insight & exploration, as the subject matter of narcissism could not have been addressed at a better time or in a better light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I love Dr. Drew PLUS I really thought he could help me understand the narcissist in my life. But He spoke a lot about celebrities. I personnally think we give "those people" too much exposure. There was one chapter that talked about the disease but then went on to compare it to celebrities. I guess it did work in pointing out how celebrities are presented in the public eye....... but I wanted help in understanding the disease. So for those who are looking for help I wouldn't purchase this book unless you want to read more about Lindsay, etc...... It wasn't a bad read; like I said I love Dr. Drew, he's very knowledgeable but I think this book was way too Hollywood.