Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction

Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction

by Michael S. Levy


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Celebrity culture surrounds us. We are inundated with information about actors and actresses, athletes, musicians, and others who have become famous or infamous. Although we never will likely meet or get to know them, our interest in them seems boundless. We are literally obsessed with being entertained as well as with the people who entertain us. Who our celebrities are has also shifted; in the past, celebrity status was bestowed on men and women of great accomplishment, those who had given the world something to be proud of and to celebrate. Conversely, today s celebrities are generally people involved in entertainment from TV newscasters to people who appear on reality television programs, as well as some who are simply famous for being famous. What remains an enigma is why we, as a society, are so infatuated with being entertained, as well as with those who entertain us and appear in the media. This book makes sense of this spectacle by explaining the reasons for this obsession from a psychological, social, and historical perspective. It suggests that we have become addicted in much the same way that a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Finally, the author offers his observations on how to free our minds from this captivation. Anyone interested in understanding more about our need to live vicariously through the rich and famous will find answers in this book."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442243125
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2015
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 811,729
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael S. Levy, PhD, is a psychologist who has worked in the substance use disorder treatment field for over 20 years. He is the director of substance use services at NorthShore MedicalCenter inSalem, Massachusetts, and isa lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He lives in Andover, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I The Human Species

1 Entertainment and Novelty 3

2 The Irresistibility of Beauty 13

3 Sociability 23

4 An Addictive Vulnerability 31

5 Our Need for Idols 39

6 Self-Esteem 45

Part II The Social Scene

7 Alienation and Isolation 55

8 What Makes Us Feel Good? 65

9 Mass Media 77

Part III The Perfect Storm

10 Entertainment Addiction 97

11 Entertainment As Life Fulfillment 113

12 Transformation and Obsession 123

13 They Got What I Want 133

14 Voyeurism Exploited 151

Epilogue 169

Notes 183

References 209

Index 223

About the Author 233

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Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This is a book that takes a look at people and how we are as a society. It is not surprising that we want to know how people live. Especially those who we perceive as living the better life. The same is true every time I see an accident, and people stop to see what is going on. Curiosity is normal, and it is a great way to learn new things, however the old saying is true, and too much curiosity might get the cat killed. I liked that the author split up the book into different sections that could be read a little at a time. We also live in a time when news and information is all over the place. The web and television have definitely made it easier for people to find out about their favorite celebrity. Not to mention reality shows. The author has a PhD, and it was interesting to read a professional opinion. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
What a perfect book to justify our infatuation with celebrities I love reading this book. What a perfect book to justify our infatuation with celebrities. It gives justice to the adoration we have for certain celebrities. I for one adore Dakota Johnson the stars of Fifty Shades Darker which will be shoot very soon. I would go crazy if I meet her in person which explains in this book why I feel like that for her. She is not only beautiful but very humble and very good actress. Reading this book I acknowledge my adoration for her. This book will give you all the details and information why we adore certain celebrities, singers or the showbiz world. I highly recommend this book and understands why paparazzi is so crazy about taking photos of celebrities. Why not get yourself a copy and learn how fascination is not a bad thing. Disclosure: I received a paperback copy of the book for review. All my thoughts and opinions are 100% honestly mine.
Catherine_Carrington More than 1 year ago
I was not sure how I would feel about this book, but I am glad I read it. Physiology can be an interesting. This book teaches why people are so interested in celebrities This book is easy to read and very entertaining (no pun intended). The first chapter explains that we live in a society that does not handle boredom well and we need to be consistently doing something. It also covers through history how expectations of a person has changed. One hundred years ago for example people would work on their character. Being polite dress modestly and so forth. Now society concentrates on outward appearance. Through these years magazines television news media and so forth has been growing. What I wrote is just the tip of the iceberg. This book is divided into 3 parts. The Human Species The social Scene The perfect storm I highly recommend this book to anyone who has even a little interest in this type of genre. I received this book from iRead Book Tours for an honest review