“What is the permissible limit of fanaticism?”
What is fanaticism? Is this phenomenon really exaggerated, or does it really have negative and often severe consequences? Who are fanatics?
How does one become a fanatic and where can a fanatic’s love for this or that person lead that person to? Eritasard.am has tried to examine the phenomenon comprehensively and present it to its readers. Meline is a student and is a fan of singer Justin Bieber. She can’t explain why, but denies the common view that people love Bieber for his looks. “He has a good voice, sings well and actively communicates with his fans. Besides, he is one of the few people who participate in many charity programs.” Meline knows everything about the singer and always reads the news and interesting facts. She even knows details that few of us know, such as: “Bieber was born on March 1, at 12:56, a Tuesday, a rainy day.” When asked what she would do if she ever saw Bieber, Meline sai: “I would hug him, kiss him, tell him that I am proud of him and confess that his songs have helped and encourage me a lot in life.” Fanaticism is itself rooted in society as a negative phenomenon. It is often compared to adolescence, obsession, madness and the extreme. We see serious manifestations of fanaticism during the concerts of world famous artists when youth are ready to do anything for the particular artist just to touch that artist for a moment or exchange glances. Meline doesn’t accept extreme manifestations of fanaticism and criticizes those who hurt themselves for anyone. “I don’t think that’s fanaticism, but disorder. Everything is beautiful I proportion.” Our next fanatic is Liana, who is a future linguist and has been a fan of Barcelona’s football team for the past five years now. She watches all the matches and knows everything about the boys. The family and neighbors will know more about how she follows the matches, but that doesn’t bother Liana. “I scream “goaaaaal” as loud as I can and start jumping around whether it’s the first or fifth goal. At that moment, I don’t care about the time and don’t think about the fact that my neighbors will wake up. I get so happy that I can’t resist myself.” Liana was very excited as she talked about how she had been able to attend the Barcelona-Sevilla football match in Tbilisi. “It was very hard for me and my friend to get tickets. Words can’t describe how I felt. Even as I was coming back, I couldn’t believe that I had actually been there. Words can’t describe what was going on in the stadium.” In an interview with Eritasard.am, Liana specifically emphasized that fanaticism is not a negative phenomenon and that it has not only been to her benefit, but has also endowed her with the best attributes. “Loyalty, love for friends and humanism-this is what I learned in Barcelona.” In an interview with Eritasard.am, psychologist of PsiLife Center for Psychological Support Manuk Khachatryan mentioned that from the psychological perspective, fanaticism is the extreme ideal that a person creates for himself. “Fanaticism is considered an abnormal phenomenon because a person aspires to reach the ideal through imitation, not self-development. In the case of ideological fanaticism, a person cuts himself from reality, becomes blindly obsessed with certain ideas, and turning those ideas into a reality becomes an end in itself. Several sects and ISIS serve as brilliant examples of religious, ideological and political fanaticism. The consequences of the fanaticism of all this are current and evident in our days.” When asked what a fanatic eventually gets out of being obsessed with something or someone, the psychologist noted that fanaticism is a phenomenon that is similar to a psychological defense mechanism when a person is unsatisfied with the state of mind that he is in and “creates” a desired world in which he feels better. “It should be mentioned that people become obsessed with fanaticism in a certain period of their lives when they feel the lack of self-establishment and satisfaction and are in a period of transition as they grow old. Starting from the crisis of adolescence and leading up to the entire period of youth, a person is in the processes of self-development and self-establishment, and it is at that age when the outbursts and feelings push youth to become fanatics.” However, there is a need to differentiate. Is being the fan of a team or artist mean suffering from fanaticism? Psychologists have come to the conclusion that each individual can be under the influence of fanaticism in the first half of his life. However, each person can maintain the limit and not go to the extreme because that can have a bad influence on that person later in life. Satenik Khachatryan