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Editorial Reviews

In The Mirror Effect, a book-length essay by Dr. Drew Pinsky, the good doctor states a simple and uncontroversial truth: Young celebrities are often plagued by self-destructive narcissism. His next thesis gets more interesting: The culture of YouTube and social networking sites has brought the soul-wrecking stuff of celebrities’ lives - exhibitionism, instant feedback, etc. - straight into every kid’s living room.
Kindly and modestly performed by Pinsky - or "Dr. Drew" to his millions of fans - The Mirror Effect may prove a wake-up call to a young person inappropriately enthralled to today’s newest falling star. Dr. Drew - board-certified internist and addiction specialist - has read the gossip tabloids and websites so you don’t have to.
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Publisher's Summary

Reality TV. Celebutantes. YouTube. Sex Tapes. Gossip Blogs. Drunk Driving. Tabloids. Drug Overdoses. Is this entertainment? Why do we keep watching? What does it mean for our kids? In the last decade, the face of entertainment has changed radically - and dangerously, as addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky and business and entertainment expert Dr. S. Mark Young argue in this eye-opening new book. The host of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and of the long-running radio show Loveline, Pinsky recently teamed with Young to conduct the first-ever study of narcissism among celebrities. In the process, they discovered that a high proportion of stars suffer from traits associated with clinical narcissism - including vanity, exhibitionism, entitlement, exploitativeness, self-sufficiency, authority, and superiority. Now, in The Mirror Effect, they explore how these stars, and the media, are modeling such behavior for public consumption - and how the rest of us, especially young people, are mirroring these dangerous traits in our own behavior. And it explores how YouTube, online social networks, and personal blogs offer the temptations and dangers of instant celebrity to the most vulnerable among us.
Informed and provocative, with the warm and empathetic perspective that has won Dr. Drew Pinsky legions of fans, The Mirror Effect raises important questions about our changing culture - and provides insights for parents, young people, and anyone who wonders what celebrity culture is doing to America.
©2009 Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. S. Mark Young (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By GermCrazy on 06-07-09

Excellent book-if only people will listen...

I bought this book because I am a fan of Dr. Drew's from his various shows and appearances. He is very well thought out and seems to have his life together (though you never REALLY know!) which makes him an unusual person these days! After "reading" this book I am even more impressed by his knowledge in that he has such a thorough understanding of our society and culture. Therefore, when he talks about how the people and situations in this book are bringing us down as a whole (a problem I think ALL of us who have seen the "Flavor of Love" or "Simple Life" realize but do not always think about on this level), it seems to shift from a comical situation to a dire one that will significantly affect the lives of our children (and so on) if we keep heading in this direction. The sad part is that I have recommended this book to dozens of friends who laugh it off saying how much they love reality TV & crazy celebrity antics which suggests that, despite the importance of this book, it will not likely slow our decent down the slippery slope we are currently on. But at least I still highly recommend it!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Marylou on 08-26-09

Oh those narcisstic movie stars.............

Interesting book. Well read. I definitely learned a lot about narcissism from Dr Drew.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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