Psychologist Reveals "Royalty Obsession" Could Be Dangerous For Your Mental Health
April 25, 2018 16:38 By Fabiosa
There are a lot of people who can’t hold their excitement for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Meghan is not the first American to become a part of the British royal family. Queen Elizabeth II's uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson, which at that time created a big scandal.
The fascination with the royals, especially amongst American people, has started long before Harry met Meghan. The crazy popularity of the British TV series “The Crown,” which opens the door into the Queen Elizabeth's life, confirms that.
British star Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip in the series, admitted he was surprised by the royal fascination in the US. He said:
I had no idea they were so popular here, ... until I did this show. They've managed to maintain an air of mystery and celebrity somehow, which I think has allowed them to endure, and that sort of mystery is always appealing on some level.
Across the pond, the royal family resembles a real-life soap opera with its drama, love and loss, and British accent, which is one of the reasons Brits are loved for.
But phycologists warn there is a dark side to such fascination: extreme and potentially dangerous obsession.
Mental health experts raised their concerns after the announcement of Harry and Meghan’s engagement as they tried to guard royal fans against losing touch with reality.
Sue Varma, a psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor at New York University Langone Medical Center, stated that a royal obsession, when it deepens, can raise red flags.
I absolutely don’t have a problem with somebody having an obsession with the royal family. I don’t think that’s the problem in and of itself. It’s the lack of other activities, the lack of flexibility, the fact that you’re taking away time from something else. Is this time that you could have been spending with your kids? Is this time you could be talking with your partner?
Varma warns that dedicating so much of your time to celebrities can be the cause of the development of serious mental health problems as well as body image issues, which can lead to an unhealthy desire to get under the knife on the plastic surgeon’s table.
Now, say honestly, how many times during the day do you think about the British royalty?
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