Why spend the effort and money to see the celebrities we love?

In the past few days, social media sites and some Arab press sites have circulated the prices of tickets for some famous singers’ concerts in Egypt, which have been described as imaginary and exaggerated, ranging from 5 thousand pounds to 30 thousand, in addition to some other requirements for attending the concert, such as wearing a certain color of clothing; On the other hand, the recent photos of the singer Mohamed Mounir’s concert in Alexandria, in which ticket prices varied between 250 and 450 pounds, and how many participants stood in line from the beginning of the day (from around noon) ​have. ) to book a place near the theater to see Mounir Close-up at eleven o’clock at night, with the first example asking an important question: Why do we go to the trouble and spend the money to see the celebrities we love to see?

It stops not only at concerts, but the queues of readers to obtain the autograph of a famous author, at book fairs, with all that it can bear, wait in hot weather, and stand for a long time that is full can become hours, in exchange for a minute or less with the author, and the masses that flock to footballers’ hotels in cities and capitals, for a photo or “autograph”, which is familiar to us all.

Apart from the phenomenon of bragging about this act, whether it is attending a concert or getting an author’s autograph or a football player, what psychologically motivates people to endure hardship and spend money and time to see celebrities “live” ?

«Imprinting»: The password .. the transmission of happiness

Dr. tells us. Abeer Marei, a psychiatrist, said that there are many psychological reasons that vary from one person to another, pushing him to attend a concert or stand for hours around the famous person he loves. is, to meet. For example, the introverted and closed person did not want to go to any public place or gatherings, even if he were to meet Favorite star or author.

But one of the common reasons why others may go to gatherings where people gather around celebrities; It is “the pursuit of happiness.” Each generation draws from the generation that preceded it with its experiences, and since gatherings around celebrities began to gather, people have passed down from generation to generation the fact that these gatherings are a reason for happiness.

attending parties or any other gathering where celebrities are present; It increases the secretion of adrenaline in the body of the participants, and makes this event a memory that evokes the present to remember this feeling, so you may find that your friend who, for example, attended a concert of Amr Diab, talks a lot about what Amr Diab did on stage.

It doesn’t have to be for the sake of showing off or showing off; As much as it is a reminder of that memory to stimulate the adrenaline back into his body, to restore that enthusiastic feeling he felt during the party, and as we said earlier; People transfer experiences from each other and from generation to generation in a psychological phenomenon – as explained to us by Dr. Abir – This is called “imprinting” The person who hears you and sees your facial expressions and enthusiasm to stand in front of a famous person and see them face to face; He will unconsciously want him to go through that experience too, to test this feeling that controls you while you tell.

“Not just a celebrity”

The song that (I cried) after a romantic relationship ended; The one who sings it turns into a shoulder that you cried in your unconsciousness, as if he offered you some kind of sympathy even if you don’t know him personally; It has become part of your experience. The books I read in the evenings of loneliness and missing friends; Its author becomes a close friend of your heart, and this actor, whom you watched for long seasons of his series, was for you a “forsa” on tedious nights; It becomes the reason for your happiness and laughter and not to think about negative things; So you build without knowing an emotional link between you and him.

So when you know that you can get close to this famous person regardless of his profession, and that was part of your personal and emotional experience; and that to see it, you must travel from country to country, or pay a lot of money; At that time – according to dr. Abeer – You will do everything in your power to stand in front of this person, and then you will tell everyone you know that you saw him, and you will show them that picture you took with him, and you will post it on social media as if it were a photo of you with a personal friend; Because that’s what your subconscious believes; This famous person is your friend in some way, and they have already shared an important moment with you.

“Celebrity Reverence Syndrome”

Explain to us Dr. Abeer Marei, that not all personality types tend to show off or try to associate with celebrities or important persons in the absolute, and that people classified within the “narcissistic personality” are among the most striving for this cause, even if is they don’t have love or memories with them. This famous person.

She points out that when a narcissist goes to a restaurant and encounters a problem, for example; He refuses to talk except to the manager because he feels it is not permissible for a person like him to deal with those below this job rank to solve the problem. Unlike the character who has a fear and anxiety of gatherings or having the spotlight on them; They will not have the courage or the ability to ask for a photo with him or to talk to him; They will watch it from afar.

Celebrity Worship Syndrome is a psychological phenomenon observed by psychologists in America, who have shown that some people develop a pathological relationship with the famous person who was part of their life, and that syndrome makes the celebrity “something important”.

Since the concept of fame began until our time, which helps in the fame and spread of people, even if they do not have a specific talent because of social networking sites; There are celebrity obsessed people who have taken the “sanctity” of this celebrity and made it difficult to access.

Like the women who cried to go on stage to the famous American singer Michael Jackson; A child witnessing this situation even if he is not obsessed with Michael Jackson; And he happened to see him in a public place and would try to talk to him and take a picture with him; So he achieved a certain “achievement”, from his point of view, and so this achievement makes him feel smug, every time he shows the picture and presents it to the fans of this famous person.

Some people don’t like feeling rejected

When there is a seminar by a famous author, or a famous singer, this event will be attractive to all his followers, and if there is a person – explains dr. Abeer – He does not have the money or time or his place is not close to the opportunity; He can work harder, borrow money or incur great suffering; Not seeing the famous person he likes as much as being afraid of being ostracized among his friends after the event is over.

It can be less stressful to spend money, time and distance than to feel ostracized when he meets his friends and starts to tell the events of the day and how happy they felt when they saw the famous person.

on the other side; There are some associations that promise to attend this type of party at exorbitant prices; A kind of ‘social relevance’, a reason to brag to others, like the price of original watches or new production cars.


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