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Could Royal Wedding Fever Make Us Want Plastic Surgery? This Psychologist Thinks So

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Put down the commemorative Meghan and Harry mug and pause that episode of Suits: a psychiatrist has claimed that becoming too emotional invested (guilty!) in the forthcoming royal wedding of the fifth in line to the British throne and the former actress could have an impact upon mental health if taken to the extreme.

Dr Sue Varma, a psychiatrist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, told news agency Reuters that if a mild ‘obsession’ with the royals – and by extension, other celebrities too – deepens to something stronger, it could cause people to form ‘parasocial’ or one-sided relationships, and develop a desire to change their appearance through plastic surgery.

‘I absolutely don’t have a problem with somebody having an obsession with the royal family. I don’t think that’s the problem in and of itself,’ Dr Varma, who is a member of the American Psychological Association, told the agency. ‘It’s the lack of other activities, the lack of flexibility, the fact that you’re taking away time from something else. Is this time that you could have been spending with your kids? Is this time you could be talking with your partner?

‘When you start socialising with people that you don’t know, when you don’t have a reciprocal relationship, this is called parasocial. It’s one sided,’ she explained. ‘This is a problem when you’re living in a fantasy world at the expense of creating real relationships.’

According to Dr Varma, this could even lead to feelings of body dysmorphia. ‘People become obsessed with celebrities and a lot of times they start having body image issues, they start feeling like they need to get plastic surgery,’ she said.

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