Most of us would be willing to give almost anything to become like one of the celebrities we see on television. Even professional athletes are quite famous today. But at the end of the day, all of these famous persons have to suffer through a lot of problems that usually are associated with the fame that follows them so closely. There has been a lot of research done on the psychological issues faced by celebrities all over the world. When you are a celebrity, the biggest lost you will feel is the loss of privacy. This may not affect some people until it is too late. And at that time, there’s no turning back. Apart from this celebrities start to feel a sense of entitlement, have demanding expectations, constantly gratify their egos and start to develop an unreasonable sense of immortality. Most people fail to understand why this happens but if they were in a celebrity’s shoes, they would probably have behaved in the same way.
In most cases, becoming a celebrity means earning a lot of money and getting special access to various people, place & things that would otherwise be considered out of bounds by a normal person. But apart from this, celebrities also worry about how their fame will affect their family. Celebrities usually have a number of feelings when it comes to their family including paranoia, mistrust and isolation. Apart from this, they worry about losing their star status and more often than not have a confused or skewed sense of themselves. This confused sense often gets magnified because of the media and the perception of the public. This impacts the psyche of a celebrity immensely and eventually starts to tell on both their public as well as private lives. This is when they begin changing as a person and this is never a good road to be on.
There are countless young celebrities like Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, etc. that lost their way. This can be attributed to the young age at which they achieved fame. But there are even older celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Drew Barrymore and Robert Downey Jr. who have battled with drug addiction and its negative effects on their careers. Luckily, all of these actors managed to recover from their psychological problems and have slowly rebuilt their careers.
Compassion is one of the rarest words people use when it comes to a celebrity but at the end of the day, they are people too. They need to be respected and treated accordingly. The only way to do this is to understand how tough it really is to be a celebrity. Maybe then you will be able to understand what a large psychological change you have to undergo as a celebrity throughout your life. It definitely isn’t as easy as smiling for the cameras.