Do you suffer from CWS? That’s Celebrity Worship Syndrome, a recently identified psychological condition. It is believed that one in three people are so obsessed with someone in the public eye that the obsession affects their daily life. Psychologists at the University of Leicester say that the number of sufferers with some form of CWS, or mad icon disease, is going up.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with following your favourite superstar in moderation, of course but, it’s important to make sure you spend more focus on your life and the things you’re in control of.
Do you follow them because they’re rich and famous or because of their bad boy/girl image? Perhaps we follow them because of their success plan and what they’ve achieved?
Ask yourself, do they have a positive or negative influence on you or on society itself? Are they real or fictional characters? Could you, or would you like to, emulate their success? Most importantly, do they add value to your life?
CWS vs Role Models
So, it it simple obsession or are they a real role model? Study your role models and see what makes them successful. You will find that 99.9% (perhaps even 100%) of them worked very hard to be where there are today so have a look at their habits and life lessons.
Our world and the world
Our name is on the life that we own and this is the world that that we have direct control over. We will call this our world. The entertainment world is there to entertain us and there is no problem with this. We just have to make the choice of how much we believe or pay attention to it.
If you watch a shocking programme full of people arguing or fighting, ask yourself, do I want to argue, fight or be a peaceful person? Is this real or entertainment and is it shocking me or entertaining me? Is it wasting my time or is it educating me?
You can ask this of any of the above subjects and when you have answered truthfully, you will be able to make your choice if you think about it hard enough. If your answers are mostly negative, then consider that it is possibly wasting your time or at the very least, be aware that it is not real if you decide to continue to watch.
Remember, the media paints a picture
Newspapers and news channels – bad news sells. The goal of the news is to catch your attention and sadly, humans are attracted to drama. Most news stories contain the words – disaster, shame, accused, crime, death, murder and suchlike. Rarely do the news headlines report a lovely story right at the beginning and thousands of wonderful things happen every day.
We probably already know that television and films are not real, they are designed to entertain us, shock us or trying and influence our opinions. Even Reality TV shows are not really that real, they are scripted, edited and then screened with the parts designed to shock you the most. Some scenes are inspirational and some are edited to show the arguments and backstabbing between people.
Music videos are made to sell music. They are edited to make the world look ideal or randomly grab your attention. Some fit the music and some do not. Some are sexy, some are violent, some are meaningful and some are just plain weird. They ultimately cost a lot to produce.
Magazines contain glossy pictures are nearly always airbrushed and do not show the person / place as it really is. They are designed to glamorise and make their subject perfect. Stories are normally bad or sensationalised and are designed to shock and sell.
The above statements are not saying that all television, news reporters, actors, musicians, sports stars and marketing companies are evil. In fact, they are far from it. If they are passionate about something and they can make money to live from it, then that is fine. For example, music can influence your mood, attention span and feelings, this is a good thing.
We just have to decide what is important to our world, not the world.
Milo says, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken!” You can read more in our chapter Y is for Your Life from Don’t Get Your Neck Tattooed, available in our shop.