A US study indicated that, yes, celebrities are more self-obsessed than the rest of us, and not just because they live in a bubble of publicists, agents and sycophants.
The study, published in the Journal of Research and Personality, found people with narcissistic tendencies seek out jobs in show business. And they are not happy until they find such employment.
It found reality TV stars were the biggest narcissists of all.
While in the general population men are more likely than women to be self-adoring, the study found that, among celebrities, females were more narcissistic than their male counterparts.
Popster Madonna proved that point when she once said: “Listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion.’’ She also described herself as “tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.’’
Healthy narcissism? Not likely. Narcissistic people, according to sociologists, generally have low self-esteem and are compensating for it,
Janis Joplin, describing her life as a pop idol, once said: “It can be awful sometimes. You have no idea how hard it is to go out on stage and make love to 20,000 people and then go home and have to sleep alone.’’