Being a Celebrity Athlete: The Perils and Opportunities of Fame


Phoenix, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/14/2016 -- WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF FAME ON CELEBRITY ATHLETES? Just as fame provides athletes with the reach to promote social causes and serve as role models, it can also lead to destructive, risky behaviors and contribute to mental health issues. Psychoanalyst Stanley Teitelbaum, Ph.D., discusses the perils and opportunities of fame for sports heroes, in a December 16 episode of "Turn the Page."

Psychoanalyst Stanley Teitelbaum has spoken and written extensively on the realities of being a celebrity athlete. Drawing on his clinical experience and research, he'll discuss the impact of hero worship on athletes, and the prevalence of domestic violence and mental health issues. He will also address some of the difficulties that athletes encounter after retirement, providing guidance for sports stars and their communities on overcoming and avoiding potential perils of fame. In increasing awareness of these vulnerabilities, Dr. Teitelbaum offers a deeper understanding of, and empathy for the celebrity experience, encouraging athletes to speak more openly about, and seek the help they need. We'll also identify the types of resources that can contribute to wellbeing both before and after sports.

Stanley H. Teitelbaum is a psychoanalyst specializing in individual, group, and couples therapy. He has written numerous articles in leading mental health publications and is the author of three books: "Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols," "Athletes Who Indulge Their Dark Side," and "Illusion and Disillusionment." He has appeared on more than fifty national television and radio shows, including ABC's Nightline with Ted Koeppel, Good Morning America, 20/20, and Court TV. During the last twenty years, Dr. Teitelbaum has been interviewed frequently for newspaper and magazine articles featuring diverse topics related to human motivation, such as "Preventive Strategies in Dealing with Sports Rage," Women as Targets of Athletes' Violence," and "The Importance of Athletes as Role Models and Leaders." Dr. Teitelbaum earned a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College and both a M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.

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