Tooper’s friends have been remarking on the recent celebrity trend (now that re-hab is so passé) of tearfully admitting to some form of personality disorder; presumably in an effort to show that, though blessed with money and status, they share our pain.
It was also cynically noted that it was only when well-established that these personalities felt confident enough to bear their souls. Had they still been scrabbling up the ladder of fame or, like the rest of us mere mortals, putting together a C.V. with graphic details of their little ‘foibles’ , we all know that, in these so-called enlightened times, it would have been akin to something bordering on career suicide.
Tooper, however, felt obliged to put a different slant on things. Rather than letting something like ‘paranoia’ define what you can’t do, he asked, why not trade on the specific traits it gives you, to define the jobs you can do?
He quotes the following examples:-
- if you really believe everyone is out to get you – why not become an investment banker OR join the army.
- if you really believe yourself to be a great individual, with delusions of grandeur – investigate how to become a dictator or alternatively, an X-Factor judge.
- if you believe someone famous wants to marry you (but doesn’t know it yet) – become a paparazzi photographer – after all if you’re going to be out there stalking, you might as well take your camera!
- if you already believe everyone is watching and/or talking about you – it’s a no-brainer, become a Big Brother contestant.
- if you truly believe you’re a messenger from God who has been sent to the world to propagate your religious beliefs – either join the Jehovah’s Witnesses, start your own cult OR become Tom Cruise’s understudy.