We're shameless, we will do anything
To get our fifteen minutes of fame
We have no integrity, we're ready to crawl
To attain celebrity, we'll do anything at allWhatever the cost, these characters have to be the center of attention. They don't even care about embarrassing themselves. That would just get them more attention... negative or positive, as long as all eyes are on them. But isn't this page what they want? No, this page is telling you attention is all they want, and warning you that such people in Real Life are only out for themselves. They don't really care about any side, and if you think they do, you are actually giving them what they want. Usually an attribute of the Alpha Bitch. A few Upper Class Twits do this. Often goes hand-in-hand with a Small Name, Big Ego. A Troll thrives as long as this trope is in effect. VERY Truth in Television. A pathological form of this in Real Life is Histrionic Personality Disorder. It's also a trait of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Acquired Situational Narcissism is a more benign "15 minutes of fame" form - where the situation the person is in is driving the behavior, and which usually ends when the situation does. Of course, not all Attention Whore behavior is pathological - some of it is intentional and used for PR or promotional purposes. The pathological forms are also generally more extreme and more personal - for example, an Attention Whore who is relatively harmless toward other people or themselves in their attempts to get attention or celebrity (e.g. an unusual fashion style, giving everyone business cards) is probably not suffering from a personality disorder, but is simply a bit of a Shameless Self Promoter. One who manipulates another individual into giving them attention or acts out in abuse toward innocent people to gain attention is more likely to suffer from the disorders. A Sister Trope to Cam Whore, Drama Queen, Shameless Self Promoter. Contrast Shrinking Violet.
— Pet Shop Boys, "Shameless"
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