What is Fame Addiction?
Fame Addiction is a behavioral condition centered on the desperate need for validation at all costs. It’s a constellation of symptoms causing an individual significant anxiety, mood instability, poor self esteem, identity difficulties and confusion over existential issues including family, friends and life’s purpose.
People suffering from fame addiction often “lose themselves” internally to the external world of fantasy, competition, needing to be recognized and being famous.
It’s a negative pattern of behavior with the sole focus of being recognized, validated and approved by others.
Because of reality television, social media and an over-stimulated, instant gratification society, many more people are finding themselves suffering from the symptoms associated with fame addiction. From Facebook depression to higher levels of impulsivity to self-destructive behaviors, some people stop growing emotionally while desperately hoping to be validated.
Common Characteristics Include
- Needing constant validation from family & friends
- Underlying anxiety or mood instability
- Difficulties with impulse control
- Poor self esteem
- Rejection Sensitivity
- Identity Crisis
- Being overly opportunistic with new and current relationships
- (evaluating usefulness)
- Living in a fantasy world
- Substance Abuse (alcohol, prescription pills, illicit drugs)
- Self-Destructive Behaviors
- Personality Disorders
“People with Fame Addiction often press the ‘pause’ button in their lives and take a vacation from emotional growth, development and meaningful relationships for a ‘hit’ of validation.” Dr. Reef