The psychological profile, phenomenon and top 20 issues of being a celebrity
By Celebrity Life Coach and Human Behavior Expert, Patrick Wanis PhD
Are celebrities really that different to us?
Some say, ‘We are all the same because every human being experiences pain, suffering, love, joy, illness, loss and death.’
Others say, ‘No. Celebrities are different; they don’t face the same challenges that we normal working people do, and they can buy their way out of life’s problems, including those times when they break the law.’
Both above clashing opinions are true.
Celebrities do have huge advantages the average person doesn’t – money, power and influence, which affords them the opportunity to hire the best help – nannies, personal trainers, private chefs, masseuses, doctors, attorneys and so forth. Celebrities can also take extended luxurious holidays to the most exotic places in the world – and usually be surrounded by other rich and famous people.
But no amount of money or power can prevent the inevitable of the human experience such as loss.
John Travolta just recently admitted that following his son Jett’s death in 2009: “I didn’t know if I was going to make it…I didn’t want to wake up…it took a lot for me to get me better.”
But as a Celebrity Life Coach and Human Behavior Expert PhD who works with and coaches celebrities, I can also reveal that they also have certain specific psychological issues that are unique to fame & celebrity, which the average person doesn’t have, and yet celebrities do have one issue that we all share, regardless of money, power or fame.
“If you don’t know who you are by the time you are famous, it will define you.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Before revealing the psychological profile, phenomenon and top 20 issues of celebrities, let me explain that the word ‘celebrity’ is not confined to simply pop and TV stars such as Miley Cyrus, Charlie Sheen or Kim Kardashian. Celebrities exist in various societal categories such as:
- Government – Politicians, Activists
- Science – Scientists, Authors
- Law – Attorneys, Judges
- Publishing – Authors
- Sports – Athletes
- Music – Musical Performers & Artists
- Motion pictures – Actors, Directors
- Television – Hosts, Personalities & Actors
- Entertainment – Dancers, Models, Comedians, Radio Show Hosts
- Religion/Spirituality – Pastors, Reverends, Speakers
Accordingly, there is a difference between fame and celebrity status:
Fame is the result of glorification, usually bestowed for an accomplishment – i.e. President Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa.
Celebrity is created and bestowed by the mass media regardless of any achievement and usually devoid of any achievement – i.e. Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian.
But for the purposes of this article, I am referring to “celebrity” as someone who is from either category – they have achieved something great or they are simply known for being known. Also, the term “celebrity” infers that the public recognizes their name and face, and that they are mentioned and highlighted in the media.
“As a Beatle, we made it. And there was nothing to do. We had money, we had fame but there was no joy. And then I met Yoko…and we decided to work for world peace.” – John Lennon
Read and discover the first 3 of the top 20 psychological issues of celebrities – “Parasites, temptation and lack of privacy”
Anointed “The Woman Expert” by WGN Chicago, Patrick Wanis PhD is a renowned Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert who developed SRTT therapy (Subconscious Rapid Transformation Technique) and is teaching it to other practitioners. Wanis’ clientele ranges from celebrities and CEOs to housewives and teenagers. CNN, BBC, FOX News, MSNBC & major news outlets worldwide consult Wanis for his expert insights and analysis on sexuality, human behavior and women’s issues. Wanis is the first person ever to do hypnotherapy on national TV – on the Montel Williams show.