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The psychology of obsessed fans - Can we talk about this without mentioning names?

The new prancing pony thread got me thinking about this odd phenomenon. I realize a lot of these people are lonely females, though no doubt many are male also. That said however, what makes a person completely obsessed with a celeb, moreover a B or C-list celeb, which is what DL seems to attract? Is it because some people are just so physically attracted to a certain actor? Is it due to delusions? Or perhaps they figure they have to assign themselves to someone's team, so why not pick THIS ONE? I'm curious about what would make a person, virtually speaking, be completely obsessed with a stranger to the point of deconstructing their poses in magazines and interview mannerisms on Internet discussion forums, and apparently doing so 24/7. Is this done mostly by people who don't work or have partners/families that keep them busy? I would love to hear some theories on this and what drives the people behind it.

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