Putting Fame and Celebrity in a Psychosocial Framework: A Scientific Analysis


In many cultures, reaching fame and celebrity is the most desirable goal and/or fantasy for the majority of society; and this is primarily fueled by the media. Consequently, a multitude of psychological studies have been performed in this field, although a comprehensive psychological theory has yet to be formulated. This article provides an extensive analysis of the bibliography of all psychology articles published in the Scopus database from 1928 to 2022. For accomplishing this, the VOSviewer software tool was used.  A total of 1,987 psychology articles were found in the Scopus database, revealing an increasing trend of research in recent years. The fact that most of these articles belong to the field of neuropsychology shows the gap between important research and theory in theoretical psychology. While the number of psychological studies in the field has increased, there have been no bibliometric studies on the state of research and its process. This survey, drawing on the scientific map in the field, will attempt to identify areas that remain neglected.

Author Biographies

Mostafa Ahadi, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Mostafa Ahadi is a Clinical Psychology PhD researcher based in Iran. His primary areas of interest revolve around psychopathology, emotion, and fame.

Shahriar Shahidi, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Shahriar Shahidi, Professor, is a leading positive psychotherapist in Iran, having been lecturing for over 30 years in British and Iranian universities.  His main interests revolve around existential positive psychotherapy.

How to Cite
Ahadi, M., & Shahidi, S. (2023). Putting Fame and Celebrity in a Psychosocial Framework: A Scientific Analysis. Changing Societies & Personalities, 7(4), 140–157. doi:10.15826/csp.2023.7.4.255