Some individuals who are obsessed with a particular celebrity develop a disorder known as Erotomania.
They have delusions that the celebrity has fallen in love with them and has made romantic advances.
Sufferers are isolated and do not tend to have a partner or full time job.
75% of sufferers are female and often have other disorders.
In some erotomania can lead to stalking.
Maltby et al suggest 3 dimensions to celebrity worship. It can be measured using CAS (Celebrity attraction scale.)
- Ability to entertain is attractive. Associated with extroverts interested in social interaction and gossip.