Celebrity worship syndrome


“Thambi…rendu tea” (in Translate: Bro, two cups of Tea) saying that Raju sat on the bench before the roadside tea stall.

His friend Ram accompanied him after some time and both greeted each other.

The labour served the tea.

They tasted a sip of tea and started reading the most reputed magazine.

(Their hobby is reading the articles in magazine - especially about the famous personalities)

After that, they were discussing about the topics which they read in a magazine.

First, they started with the topic “the famous actor & actress and their lifestyle” chattered for hours.

Then they talked about the life history and achievements of APJ Abdul Kalam which they read it on the magazine and the below quote inspired them.

“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”

On the other side of the world,

It's IPL- T20 match, CSK Vs RCB

Thalaivaa!!! Thalaiva thalaiva ” the mob is screaming and whistling when Dhoni entered the ground.

Most of the fans bowled over by cricketers' tattoos.

Kohli’s scorpion, Gayle’s tribal design, Yadav’s Shiva — tattoos inspired by cricketers’ body art are the current trend.

This condition is called as Celebrity worship syndrome.

In terms of Psychology, Celebrity worship syndrome (CWS) is an obsessive-addictive disorder in which a person becomes overly involved with the details of a celebrity's personal and professional life.


Celebrities have become an integral part of our culture. They range from sporting heroes, musicians, singers & the stars of film and television. It’s difficult for a celebrity to step out in public without being recognized. The paparazzi follow them around to snap prize photographs of them. Magazines pump out loads of articles about Hollywood actors, and famous people’s lifestyles.

As the title “Thala-Thalapathy” signifies the interest/exploration towards the celebrities. (But here, we are not going to debate the Thala-Thalapathy atrocities)

When we think about a celebrity, few terms immediately brushes through our mind. Few of them are favourite, fan, attraction, public figure, excitement.

Reason behind the syndrome

Partly due to the media and also partly to do with the individuals themselves and the type of upbringing they were exposed to. If the individual grew up within a household whereby he or she did not have a role model to look up to, he or she may be more vulnerable to acquire celebrity worship.

The peaks of CWS :

  • Many fans fell at the celebrity’s feet during the interaction program.

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth asked his fans not to fall at his feet.

"Fall only at the feet of God, mother and father. Do not fall at the feet of someone just because he has got wealth, fame and power," the superstar said during an interaction program with fans at Raghavendra Marriage Hall in Kodambakkam recently.

Despite his advice, fans continued to fall at his feet.

  • Young entrepreneurs took the paradigm of the famous celebrity
Varun Agarwal is an Indian entrepreneur, filmmaker and author, popularly known as the ‘Alma Mater’ founder. At a very young age, he has accomplished great things and entrepreneur Varun Agarwal’s biography will talk about them. His role models are Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

  • Changing their identity
Subburathinam (popularly called as Bharathidasan), was a legendary tamil poet and writer rationalist whose literary works handled mostly socio-political issues. Endowed with a gift for writing poetry, Subburathinam came into contact with the legendary Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi, freedom fighter.As a mark of his deep admiration for Bharathi and his work, the young poet took the name of Bharathidasan (Bharathi’s servant/devotee).

The merits and demerits of CWS are based on their beloved celebrity and also on the hand of a celebrity.

This reminded the YING-YANG theory.

There is good in every bad.

There is bad in every good.

There is good and bad in everything.


Celebrities who promote ethical behaviour and make responsible personal decisions can have a positive effect

  • People will get motivated to become a famous personality.

  • People’s character will become benevolent.

  • If you are exhausted, then the celebrity’s quote/song/shows will boost your mind.


  • People are losing their consciousness and wasting their time by admiring the celebrity even without doing the chores.

  • People are getting separated into Mobs and started fighting for their beloved celebrity.

  • People will lose their self-esteem and self-respect.

  • People compare the celebrity’s life pattern with theirs.

  • People use the costlier brands in the market after seeing the AD on the small screen (Though it will not highly impact the individual, it will impact their family members the most)

  • Not everyone’s thoughts towards positivity some lost their life too. (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/Vijays-fans-loses-life-at-Kaththi-celebrations/articleshow/44922737.cms)


Some therapies to be followed to overcome CWS:

  • The best thing to do if you have CWS or know someone who is affected by it is to try to keep busy and distracted.

  • Engage yourself in activities and/or work to keep your mind off celebrities.

  • Try to gradually pull yourself away from celeb news.

  • Decrease time spent on the internet and reading magazines for 15 minutes, then half an hour, then an hour.

  • Also improving social relationships and making them more fulfilling would be helpful, spend more time with friends and family.

  • If it is severe CWS, seeking therapy and perhaps medication would be beneficial.

Do you suffer from Celebrity Worship Syndrome?

Let’s test your CWS level.

Please take a pen & paper and react (True/False) to the below.

  1. My friends and I like to discuss what my favourite celebrity gets up to at the weekend

  2. I have a special bond with my celebrity

  3. I enjoy watching my favourite celebrity on TV

  4. Reading interviews about my favourite celebrity is a lot of fun

  5. When something bad happens to my favourite celebrity I feel like it happened to me

  6. I am destined to be with my favourite celebrity

  7. My favourite celebrity would come to my immediate rescue if I needed any type of help

  8. If I were lucky enough to meet my favourite celebrity and they asked me to do something illegal as a favour, I would probably do it

  9. I have frequent thoughts about my favourite celebrity, even when I don’t want to

If you scored more than 50% (TRUE), then you suffer celebrity worship syndrome

If you scored 50% (TRUE), then you’re on the borderline

If you scored less than 50% (TRUE), then you are fine.

 Author : Valli Perumal


  1. Are these guys in image thala thalapathy fans really ? :p just kidding

  2. If you see the below statement in the article :

    As the title “Thala-Thalapathy” signifies the interest/exploration towards the celebrities. (But here, we are not going to debate the Thala-Thalapathy atrocities)..


    Actually I feel ,it’s one of the way to attract the readers (using their interest)...

  3. The very root of your writing while appearing agreeable in the beginning, did not sit perfectly with me personally after some time. Someplace throughout the paragraphs you actually managed to make me a believer unfortunately just for a while. I still have a problem with your jumps in assumptions and one might do nicely to fill in all those breaks. In the event that you actually can accomplish that, I would surely be fascinated.

  4. WOW .............Thanks For Sharing


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