Addiction to Attention From Others
Giving and receiving social attention is a natural human need.
When this natural need for attention is not satisfied or becomes unbalanced, then we find problems with "attention-seeking-behaviour."
Most chronic attention seeking behaviour is a result of "attention deprivation" in childhood and adolescence.
This deprivation, of a natural level of "social nutrition", has sabotaged the normal personality development and the individual engages in "attention-seeking-behaviour" in an attempt to compensate for the traumatic experience of "attention deprivation."
THE FAME GAME
Glamouress/false Fame is the addiction to attention and acknowledgement from others and is all part of the ego.
The desire for fame can be linked back to the lack of real love in the family situation and is also a symptom of egocentric narcissism. There is nothing wrong with being widely known because people genuinely like you and admire your achievements, but the addiction to attention from others is part of the holistic imbalance of narcissistic neurosis and the ego.
In the need for false fame, the person desires inflated recognition, thus attention, for their achievements - their ability to do. This attention gives them a sense of power and makes them think that they are "somebody". Everybody is somebody and we don't need others to affirm this fact. When we feel insecure and unloved, then we often need others to affirm our identity and our self-worth.
Fame is not the same as abuse of power although some people try to demand recognition by using their power to subordinate and terrorize others. In this case, their fame is based upon their powerful reputation and is a crude way of extracting some form of fame and thus attention.
Fame is the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed. It has less to do with recognition of our achievements, which is a balanced and natural desire, and more to do with an obsession with the glamour of stardom - to be somebody in the eyes of many.
You have to believe in yourself to achieve your goals but for many being famous is psychologically welded with being successful, smart, rich and beautiful - the Western dream. Attempting to achieve it can override everything else and make a person very selfish, mercenary, hyper-ambitious, and egocentric.
FAME? WHO NEEDS IT?
Many psychologists have found the link between a child's feelings of lack of genuine acceptance and love and the uprising of the desire to be famous. Fame means receiving attention. The desire for fame is an attention seeking behavior rooted in the dynamics of the childhood family - the family (part 1). The desire for fame is an attempt to hide their deep feelings of lack of love, lack of real self-esteem and value, and a holistic inferiority complex.
It is worth remembering that most authentically famous people never desired or pursued "the fame game." They are remembered because of the beautiful qualities and gifts that they put to good use in their life.