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Social psychological explanations ­ (parasocial relationships and absorption addiction model)

A parasocial relationship is one in which an individual is attracted to another individual (usually a
celebrity), but the target individual is usually unaware of the existence of the person who has created the
relationship. Such relationships, common among celebrities…

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to see me. The intensepersonal dimension of celebrity attraction can lead to the development of a
passive parasocial relationship (e.g. if something bad happens to my favourite celebrity I feel it too).With
the borderlinepathological dimension, the relationship may go way beyond the parasocial, with the
person believing there is a…


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