Are one in four of us fruitcakes?
Mental illness is more common than you’d think.
1 in 4 people in the UK experience it every year and research shows that more than half the population will suffer some form of mental illness during their lifetime.
When it happens to a celebrity the effects are magnified, partly because the pedestal on which we put celebrities tends to make deviant symptoms “normal” and acceptable to fans, and partly because celebrities are role models.
Were most people surprised that Gary Glitter was eventually exposed as a deviant? Or Jimmy Savile “OBE”?
By celebrity of course I am not only talking of pop stars and famous footballers but also of political leaders. These are more worrying because their job is to make laws and to ensure that they are obeyed.
Worldwide, the most notorious deviant celebrity in the past century has been Adolph Hitler, who suffered from extreme paranoia, and what some commentators called a Messiah Complex.
During the next few days I will examine the psychosis of some disturbed politicians, celebrities and criminals. Many lived out their fantasy and were never apprehended.
My first was a quiet young man called Mark Chapman, an Christian activist, who achieved notoriety when he shot and killed John Lennon on December 12, 1980, outside Lennon’s home in Manhattan, NYNY.
I remember waking and crying at the news, one result of which was that my firstborn, delivered 4 days later was christened Jonathan Lennon Armstrong.
Chapman had been reading a best selling 1950’s novel called Catcher in the Rye and asked John to autograph it (the book was based on teenager disillusion and disappointment in adults).
He then shot John Lennon dead and didn’t try to escape justice, instead serving so far 35 years behind bars. He’s now approaching 60 years old, and has never regretted his action. His interpretation of Christianity forgives this criminal action, because it was done for the greater good. What links all my subjects is that there is no doubt in their mind of their own correctness. The original cause of their disturbance is their need to control events.
Watch out if you know someone like that!