Glamour article on Main Character Syndrome

ended 11. June 2021

A journalist at Glamour online is writing a piece on Main Character Syndrome following an article published today on the Mail Online. 

Main Character Syndrome has been defined as a behavioural disorder that sees young people feel as if they are the leading character in their life and everyone else around them is merely an extra, something that many experts believe has been spurred on by social media and its focus on narcissistic behaviour. 

  • What are the implications of this kind of syndrome?
  • What do you think are the biggest drivers of it?
  • How can young people avoid falling into feeling this way? Is it all bad?

Deadline is very tight so be short and punchy in your alert_responses: 2-3 sentences max will do!

2 responses from the Newspage community

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“The impact of Main Character Syndrome can vary significantly depending on its severity. In extreme cases, it can result in people losing touch with reality and becoming consumed by their own worlds. “Young people can often feel the need to escape from their reality, whether that’s from the pandemic or other societal pressures. Social media provides them with the tools to escape but it can be all-consuming and self-perpetuating. “The syndrome is not always extreme and can often be managed. It's about not allowing it to take over and not considering your needs and problems to always be more important than others.”
Main character syndrome is a disassociative behaviour. It can have a temporary benefit of bolstering self-esteem but only if others play the part they have been given. There are many examples of famous people struggling with being the central character, from Amy Winehouse to Michael Hutchence. These, as we all know, did not end well. "Young people can avoid this syndrome by practicing living in the moment. Walking in nature, practical mindfulness or meditation will all help. Tap into who you are now rather than who you think you want to be."