Celeste Owens
Psychologist

Celeste Owens

A motivational speaker and licensed psychologist with a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Oprah isn't perfect??

Q: How hard is it to stay grounded when you've had as much success as Oprah? Kitty Kelley's new biography discusses her charitable giving and her big-time indulgences. Should anyone begrudge her $500 mink eyelashes or $365,000 Bentley? And why do we love reading about the foibles of the rich and famous?

I am not a big fan of celebrity gossip books so I rarely read them. However, there are many who do, so Kitty Kelley's new biography might be a top seller.

But for what reason: exposing Oprah's so-called mean side? What does that have to do with anything? I assume that the biographer is suggesting that Oprah should have a private persona that perfectly matches her public personality.

To suggest that Oprah is a fraud because she has given millions to charity but is mean (if that is the truth) is illogical. Believing that one gives only because (s)he is nice, is akin to believing that one only eats because (s)he is hungry.

What does one have to do with the other? People eat for many reasons, as do those who give. To assume that every good deed is driven purely by selflessness is naive. Research indicates that humans are altruistic for many reasons other than selflessness: Some are motivated by a sense of duty, obligation, and selfish gain.

Lastly, I am not sure how big-time those indulgences are when one is a billionaire. Yes, a $365,000 Bentley is out of my budget, but who am I to judge how another spends her billions?

Whether Kelley's biography is truth or fiction, only Oprah knows. Some will read it for leisure, others to gloat about the imperfections of the rich. Whatever the case, I for one don't plan to read it.

By Celeste Owens  |  April 22, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  | Category:  The lush life Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Believing that one gives only because (s)he is nice, is akin to believing that one only eats because (s)he is hungry

HUH?????????????

Posted by: pedro3 | April 26, 2010 2:25 PM
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I read through the book quickly and found it fairly interesting. Not surprisingly, Oprah is a very complicated person - capable of both great compassion and great meanness of spirit. If she turns against you for even a small infraction, you are out of her life FOREVER apparently.

She is paranoid about having people sign confidentiality agreements, but having your own sister sell secrets for cash would make you paranoid, I guess.

I don't envy her even with all that money and power.

Posted by: swissmiss150 | April 26, 2010 10:59 AM
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Editor oh editor. Please, please do something about multiple inane comments.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 25, 2010 1:59 PM
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