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I just read this in the July issue of Focus (UK Science Magazine).

Hero Worship
Idolising celebrities can be bad for you if your admiration goes to far. That's the conclusion of psychologosts at the University of Leicester, who discovered that nearly 30 per cent of people followed the exploits of a famous person. Those who exhibit high levels of celebrity worship may well be impulsive, antisocial and solitary.

So how many of you went out with the boys/girls over the weekend? :-)
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I totally admit to hero worship.

Over the weekend though I spent a lot of time with my family, a lot of it curled up on the sofa listening to music (not just Neil)or watching the athletics and some of it in bed as I'm not too well at the moment.

I am well renowned for my hero worship butI also have a life. Big Grin

Some may spend all their time obsessing over their heros and while some may presume it an unhealthy way to live, it may be the one thing that keeps some people smiling - so who am I to judge?
I know I've posted on here before on my musing on projection, so please pardon any repetition. I think hera/hero worship is one of those random things we do as people when we're not fully ready to own our stuff (and there's NO judgment here - we all come to own our stuff as we're ready, when it's time - it's a natural process). And by stuff I mean 'good' stuff here, like success, charisma, talent...

It's easy to pigeonhole 'bad' people and stick all of our icky-ness on them (like 'the drunk', 'the loser', or 'the bad guy') instead of owning that we too could do the things we see them doing. Just so it's also easy to pick out successful, beautiful and (often) famous people and project our strength, beauty and talent on them. Why would we do that? Because it's hard to own that stuff too (and it's so much easier if someone else does it for us!)

In dream work, it's seen as a good sign when images of our heras/heros show up as mean or ugly because it can mean we're allowing them to fall off their pedistals which means - HERE'S THE GOOD PART - we're beginning to own the stuff we'd projected on them (which is great because we can't do anything with it until we own it!!!)

I like having mad crushes on famous people and I also try to look at what they represent for me and spoil the fun a bit now and then by nudging myself toward owning all of that greatness in myself. (Cause if I didn't have it in me, I wouldn't recognize it in anyone else!)
I guess it depends on how one defines "worship." I'm not sure following someone's career and seeing all their movies or buying all their CD's translates into anything other than, you just genuinely enjoy that entertainer.

The point at which the "worship" line gets crossed (and the study fails to mention that definition), the transferrence theory gets interesting. But for a study to suggest that people somehow have psychological issues or character flaws for having interests is, well, is pretty misanthropic in my opinion.
I so agree Heidi....anything can be bad for you if you go to far but to enjoy in moderation, I don't see anything wrong with it.

First of all, I'm not "impulsive, antisocial and solitary". As a matter of fact, I can't believe all of the fun interesting people I've met because of the artists that I like.

And, I appreciate your views on it and I don't disagree with you paimaopi...but, I know that I can't act my way out of a box, I can't play any instruments, I can sing "ok" but I don't have some supreme sounding voice, I can maybe tell a joke or two, but couldn't do an hour of physical comedy keeping people in stitches the whole time - I just can't! But y'know, I'm ok with myself!

I think it only gets sick if people are not ok with themselves and already are "impulsive, antisocial and solitary".
Yes, Jenn, I know what you are saying and I agree. I can't do a lot of things my hera/heros do either and I don't think that's bad. (It takes a village, right?) I guess the things I'm referring to are more energetic than talent-based, like the ability to succeed or have my achievements recognized more than specific talents like singing or acting.

You know when you see someone like Neil who's just so obviously on his right path, the energy that creates? I mean that's why most of us are here, right? We feel that energy and love the music that's part of it. I like to think of Neil in all his success as a shining example of what anyone can accomplish by following his or her heart and using her or his own innate talents - not necessarily the noteriety or success - but the essential energy of being on that right path. We all know people who are doing work in the world that's just what the world needs. That's something we each can do in own own way in our own lives.

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