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by Dr. S. Mark Young,Drew Pinsky

The face of entertainment has changed radically over the last decade—and dangerously so. Stars like Britney, Paris, Lindsay, Amy Winehouse—and their media enablers—have altered what we consider "normal" behavior. According to addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky and business and entertainment expert Dr. S. Mark Young, a high proportion of celebrities suffer from traits associated with clinical narcissism—vanity, exhibitionism, entitlement, exploitativeness—and the rest of us, especially young people, are mirroring what we witness nightly on our TV and computer screens.

A provocative, eye-opening study, The Mirror Effect sounds a timely warning, raising important questions about our changing culture—and provides insights for parents, young people, and anyone who wonders what the cult of celebrity is really doing to America.

Download The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Endangering Our Families--and How to Save Them epub
ISBN: 0061582344
ISBN13: 978-0061582349
Category: Fitness
Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling
Author: Dr. S. Mark Young,Drew Pinsky
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1942 kb
FB2 size: 1841 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 176
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An interesting read and helpful in understanding ourselves better. It gives insight into today's issues regarding the influence of celebrity and social media on this generation. My wife and I both read this and are using our discussions to help better our relationship with one another. There is a test in the index which we took individually, and we concentrated mainly on the areas where we scored higher in rather than the numbers themselves. Most of us need to work on focusing on ourselves less and others more.
If I could, I'd give Dr. Drew TEN stars for this significant work. As someone who's coached many a narcissist and has seen our country's infatuation with celebrity leading us away from dialoguing around important issues and the truth in journalism, this book is simply a revelation of what's truly wrong about our culture. Young people no longer want to be anything as adults other than famous--and now you'll know the cost of such a proclamation. Pinksy's work is thorough and enlightening, and sad--especially when you relaize how effortlessly people fall victim into an extreme state of narcissim. The good news is that he offers a way to curb this phenomenon and so EVERY parent needs to read this book so their child grows up with a healthy sense of self and a desire to contribute TO society rather than being adored by it.

By the book's end, you'll pay attention to why people watch train-wreck television and then question why you allow it into your homes. Most importantly, you'll feel empowered to simply turn it off and choose to find something of value with your time. My hope is that we start telling the networks to finally embrace creativity rather than fervent mediocrity. It's time for the Paris Hilton generation to grow up and get a clue. It's time for Lindsay to get help as opposed to media coverage.

This is one of the few best reads of the year!!!
Here is my premise, please feel free to skip: To be honest, I don't don't really like Dr. Drew very much, but I do think that he is a good physician. I also feel that educating the general public on the disastrous repercussions of drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, and other self-destructive behaviors that effect millions of people is paramount in addressing these problems. However, it is my opinion that television shows such as Celebrity Rehab and 16 and Pregnant are actually detrimental, considering the target audience. By sensationalizing chronic drug abuse among celebrities and other peers of the target audience, not only does the care of the patients suffer, the intended message of the dangers of drug abuse is diminished. As a medical professional, I feel as though all of these shows undermine the severity of these disease, and are more about entertainment and ratings than rehabilitation and care.

Now, as for the book: I think this book is very well written and makes some excellent points about how celebrities' behavior and constant media coverage of such behavior is become destructive to children, adolescents, and families. The emergence of "celeb-utants", who derive fame from drug use, sex-tapes, and other late-night antics set an awful example for young people. Added to the fact that their celebrity status leads to essentially no legal consequences (such as less than hour in jail), impressionable young people are imprinted with the notion that success and irresponsible behavior are not mutually exclusive. I know that this sounds like a ridicule by a cynically, out-of-touch loser, and maybe that is true. But I am also a medical professional and am younger than most of the people referenced in the group.

I feel as though though this book takes an important step away from sensationalizing the abhorrent behavior exhibited by many celebrities and takes a more realistic and pertinent reflection on how manage them. It is also appropriate for young adults, who are the primary beneficiaries of the book. I would recommend this book for parents; read it, and then give it to your teenage kids to read. It's not a "shock and awe" book meant to instill fear in readers, but rather provides relevant educational content that is useful to a large demographic.
This is an incredible book that tells the story of human narcissism through the lens of American Celebrities. Many have argued that Dr. Drew Pinsky doesn't have the necessary psych credentials to write such a book, but I found no errors in his ideas. I'm not a psychologist; but I have read other books on narcissism written by psychologists, and I found The Mirror Effect better.
This release from the thankfully distinguished MTV and VH-1 (and upcoming CNN) expert on behavior that is not distinguished is probably one of the most important books I have ever read. It's also one of the most relevant, as America's celebrity culture is as inescapable as it is potentially dangerous to those who are most impressionable to its influences. Although many examples of celebrity excess cited in this book will seem a bit obsolete over time, the message is clear to those who watch such people every day and assume that the behavior that makes headlines is the behavior that is most desired by society.

Also, as a bonus, anyone reading the book who may think that they have the disorder predominantly described in the book (Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or NPD) can take a certified quiz on the back. That way, if a reader thinks that they themselves have the disorder just by reading about the symptoms (most "normal" people will have quite a few) they can check their score before rushing out for professional help in a frenzy of hypochondria. I was certainly glad to see that, after wondering if the few symptoms I had meant that I had it, I was able to find that I scored far below average. The test itself is said to be not 100% accurate, but it is helpful nonetheless. And so is the rest of the book, which is a truly great work in the study of the parallels of psychology and sociology.
This book was very helpful as I was interested in finding out more about narcissists and how they think. Also, this is helpful innseeing how the stars and the media effects our children. It links why are kids are feeling entitled and why they think they can live like the rich and famous.