[ 2006-09-07 08:42 ]
|Celebrities are more in love with themselves than the average person,
according to a new
In case anyone
needed proof, a new study supports the widely held perception: Celebrities
are more in love with themselves than the average person is.
That is the conclusion drawn by Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young of the
University of Southern California, whose study of 200 celebrities will
appear in the Journal of Research in Personality.
It is not the entertainment industry that turns stars into narcissists,
the study found. Rather, it suggests, the self-adoring seek jobs in show
The study, whose subjects were all celebrities from Pinsky's 'Loveline'
radio show, found that reality TV stars were the most narcissistic of all
celebrities. Female stars were also more likely than their male
counterparts to exhibit narcissistic traits.
It's "common sense" that celebrities are narcissists, said Jeremy
Ritzlin, a longtime Hollywood psychologist who has not seen the study.
"Narcissism is really being in love with yourself," he said. "So it
would be natural for narcissists to gravitate
toward the spotlight, where other people will also
think highly of them."
Pinsky, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at USC's Keck
School of Medicine, said narcissists crave attention, are overconfident,
behave erratically and lack empathy.
"However, they are well-liked, especially on first meeting, are
extroverted and perform well in public," added Pinsky, who has hosted the
radio show "Loveline" for 20 years.
Celebrity guests appearing on the program were randomly chosen to
participate in the study. They anonymously took the Narcissistic
Personality Inventory test, which rates self-love levels based on seven
components: superiority, exhibitionism, entitlement, vanity, authority, exploitativeness,
gravitate toward : 被吸引；趋向（如：In summer
people gravitate toward the seaside.夏天，人们纷纷涌向海边。）
think highly of :
vanity : excessive pride in one's