January 24, 2014
Why Child Stars Melt Down: Bieber’s Character Split

The eggs! The drugs! The drunk-driving! The uncanny-valley Tweetdeck screenshots!
Why, Justin Bieber? How could you so rashly destroy our belieb in you?
“Why is one of the most affluent stars throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house?” asks Conan O’Brien.
“Cause he’ a “f*cking idiot,” Joel McHale responds.
Possibly, but that’s not the full story. The child-star meltdown is a trope: Lindsay Lohan went from portraying a set of precocious campers in 1998 to becoming synonymous with the word “tantrum.” Amanda Bynes has had her own share of psychological turmoil, some of which included “janky wigs.” For more examples, Buzzfeed helpfully provides a listicle of 16 Disney stars who have been arrested.
A closer look at the psychology of early acclaim helps explain some of these implosions. There aren’t that many studies of child stars—it would be tricky to corral them all into some university lab to fill out questionnaires—but psychologists who have studied the effects of young stardom say strict parental limits are key to preventing post-adolescent disasters.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Why Child Stars Melt Down: Bieber’s Character Split

The eggs! The drugs! The drunk-driving! The uncanny-valley Tweetdeck screenshots!

Why, Justin Bieber? How could you so rashly destroy our belieb in you?

“Why is one of the most affluent stars throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house?” asks Conan O’Brien.

“Cause he’ a “f*cking idiot,” Joel McHale responds.

Possibly, but that’s not the full story. The child-star meltdown is a trope: Lindsay Lohan went from portraying a set of precocious campers in 1998 to becoming synonymous with the word “tantrum.” Amanda Bynes has had her own share of psychological turmoil, some of which included “janky wigs.” For more examples, Buzzfeed helpfully provides a listicle of 16 Disney stars who have been arrested.

A closer look at the psychology of early acclaim helps explain some of these implosions. There aren’t that many studies of child stars—it would be tricky to corral them all into some university lab to fill out questionnaires—but psychologists who have studied the effects of young stardom say strict parental limits are key to preventing post-adolescent disasters.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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