12/20/2013 04:32 pm ET

Why Fame Make Mindfulness Difficult (VIDEO)

Meditation is a well-documented favorite pastime of global celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters, but clinical psychologist Donna Rockwell says a sense of inner peace eludes most famous people.

Before becoming a psychologist, Rockwell worked at CNN for five years, when she often brushed shoulders with celebrities. She told HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps that as she noticed the strange effect fame had on people, she decided to learn more about the topic during her doctoral research, which showed that famous people develop symptoms like mistrust of others and feelings of isolation.

"Even if you don't have early-life narcissistic tendencies, when you become famous, you kind of situationally take on narcissism," Rockwell said. "People are always looking at you, and you forget to look back."

Rockwell said the average, non-famous person can easily fend off those narcissistic traits by reminding themselves that they are an observer amid the chaos that surrounds them.

"If we can cultivate an observer in ourselves, then we actually are always with our best friend -- we're with ourself, this observer, this witness, and that person never lets us down," she said.

See the full conversation about fame and mindfulness at HuffPost Live HERE.



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