The Audience Matters, Silakbo’s Mental Health Hour Episode #2

This month, we explore a different side of us. While the last one focused on us being artists/creators, this one focuses more on us as an audience that appreciates what these creators do. We talk about being a fan, a psychological model for celebrity worship, the communal aspect of fandoms, the stigmatization of fans, and the struggles in being a fan and being part of a fandom.


Our podcast episode is hosted by Silakbo members Katha Estopace and Paolo Vergara.

Original music was provided by Axel De Lumen. Listen to his music here. Sound production was done by Paolo Vergara, Axel De Lumen, and Rissa Coronel.

The art was created by Kriztin Cruz. Check out her portfolio here.

Special thanks to Ethan Colchester, Richalaine Alcantara, and the rest of the Silakbo PH Podcast Volunteer team for their input and assistance.

Sources and Additional Resources

Lewis, L. A. (Ed.). (1992). The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media. London: Routledge.

Maltby, J., McCutcheon, L. E., Ashe, D. D., & Houran, J. (2001). The Self-Reported Psychological Well-Being of Celebrity Worshippers. North American Journal of Psychology,3(3), 441-452. Retrieved March 19, 2018, from

Reyes, M. S., Santiago, A. F., Domingo, A. A., Lichingyao, E. N., Onglengco, M. M., & McCutcheon, L. E. (2016). Fandom: Exploring the Relationship between Mental Health and Celebrity Worship among Filipinos. North American Journal of Psychology,18(2), 307-316. Retrieved March 19, 2018, from

Sherman, M. (2016). Truly, Madly, Deeply: Exploring The Relationship Between Fandom & Mental Health. Retrieved February 26, 2018, from:

“This is embarrassing. Please stop doing this.” Youtube, uploaded by The Anime Man, 19 April 2018,

“Why Kakegurui is a Terrible Gambling Anime.” Youtube, uploaded by Mother’s Basement, 18 August 2017,

Additional Reading:

Bivins, A. (2016). Psychology And The Fandom: Why Fandoms Are Good For Your Health. Retrieved February 26, 2018, from:

Griffith, J., Aruguete, M., Edman, J., Green, T., & McCutcheon, L. E. (2013). The Temporal Stability of the Tendency to Worship Celebrities. SAGE Open,3(2), 1-5. doi:

Maltby, J., McCutcheon, L. E., & Lowinger, R. (2011). Brief Report: Celebrity Worshipers and the Five-factor Model of Personality. North American Journal of Psychology,13(2), 343-348. Retrieved March 19, 2018, from

@renjunuIts. “fun fact we actually study parasocial (fan/celebrity) relationships in psych so here’s a thread about how you get attached to your bias, and why stan culture exists.” Twitter, 25 June 2018, 9:25 p.m.,

Reilly, P. (2012). Is There Something Psychologically Unhealthy About Being a Fan? Retrieved February 26, 2018, from:

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