Callum Von Moger and Tears for the Brotherhood

On the afternoon of May 6, Callum von Moger, 31-year-old Australian bodybuilder and actor most famous for playing the role of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Film Big, Jumped from a second floor window in an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Surgery was required as a result of her spinal injury, as well as several days in a medically induced coma to stabilize the repair.

Although he is currently out of hospital and recovering, this was the latest in a string of recent personal tragedies that have haunted one of them. the brightest stars of bodybuilding,

Callum Von Moger Bodybuilder
Calum Von Moger / Instagram / @calumvonmoger

I’ll admit that I don’t know Callum von Moger personally. Like most of you, I only know his public persona, mainly through social media and his acting roles. Thus, I will not turn around in his personal affairs to try and make up a chain of events that would explain why a man, who is all-seeing from the outside, could be in such headspace. that he chose to throw himself out of the second floor window.

The question to be asked is, what can cause such severe emotional pain that the only relief is death? It is the job of a mental illness professional to determine this, and I am not one of them. What will I say, unless you have been living under a rock for the past quarter-century, mental illness has become a current thing for a variety of social issues and public tragedies. It seems that as society progresses, so too does the need address mental illness, I think this is a very relevant issue in bodybuilding, (by bodybuilding this means: open, classic, 212, male, female, figure, physique, wellness, and something with weight, food, drugs and a also do suit), because, for a variety of reasons, we can be sensitive to it.

Perhaps this is where I am being accused of being hasty in making decisions. How do I know if Callum is mentally ill and his intention was to commit suicide? Some might even say that jumping out of a second-floor window is a cry for help; You would need a few more floors for a real death to occur in such a situation. While there may be some truth to this, it is a hair split. No one jumped out the window because their goldfish died. Something is wrong, and the callum is only a manifestation of it.

bodybuilding is all-consuming, and a spectacular theatrical spectacle in its performance. The industry around it and the players within it are no strangers to the drama we create. However, dealing with behind-the-scenes drama can be difficult. Most of us learn to take it in stride. But, from time to time we are bowled with a curved ball that makes Jacob deGrom blush. I think the plight of Callum von Moger is one of them.

From the outside, the view we all have of Callum von Moger is one of the superstars of our industry. Tall, handsome, and built, with all its accolades: thrice Mr. Universe, acting roles, modeling contracts, magazine covers, advertising contracts, and a strong social media following. He also played Arnold Freak’n Schwarzenegger!

Callum Von Muger crushes it on Instagram
Instagram: calumvonmoger

So, what’s wrong here in the world? I’m not going to play the armchair mental health expert. However, I doubt any of us would argue that people with healthy minds and judgment don’t throw themselves out of windows. These kinds of incidents happen when someone is depressed, anxious, bipolar, substance addicted, struggling… you get the idea. However you want to cut it, it is caused by a mental illness. The question is, do bodybuilders commonly display behavior that might label some of us as mentally ill?

A Narcissistic Fallacy?

To say that bodybuilders are self-absorbed, or even narcissistic, is an understatement. It is common to encounter bodybuilders who are self-centered, arrogant, inconsistent, aloof, attention-seeking, egotistical, manipulative and demanding. These symptoms fit the description of what clinicians call narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). It’s not a diagnosis, but it’s been a long time since I said that if Ovid were writing the story of Echo and Narcissus today, he would make the reflecting pool a mirror and the protagonist bodybuilder (nemesis would be social media).

Young muscular college men and teen bodybuilders flex their biceps for bigger arms in the mirror after their college schedule workout

These days, especially with the help of social media, bodybuilders can easily be labeled as such. In fact, recently someone told me that if you want to find a good narcissist, look for a bodybuilder. I wouldn’t put that tag on all my brothers, but you know I do too, that some of them deserve it. especially when it comes to Typical Bodybuilder Traits As in need of attention and praise, hate to lose, troubled relationships, lack of empathy, pathological self-absorption, vanity, selfishness, self-admiration, etc.

Suffice it to say that this is a complicated field and I am certainly not calling Callum a narcissist (nor am I qualified to do so). However, I will say that a psychologist referred to me as “narcissistic fallacy.” This occurs when someone with NPD can no longer maintain their image, and feels angry as a result, resulting in intense punishment, impulsive behavior, or hurting themselves and/or others. This is something that may be relevant to us.

For bodybuilders, if you consider the descriptive NPD symptoms, as well as what may have prompted them to pack all that armor on their bodies, that might include a competition preparation, a movie role, a modeling job. Add something like the kind that requires an all-consuming regimen of training, dieting, meal preparation, tanning, cardio, and the associated stress on top of earning a living, and it’s not unheard of for someone to retreat. and may lead to isolation. Which leads to loneliness. Which can lead to depression. Then add several personal tragedies to the mix, and it will come as no surprise that the door for drugs widens. This creates an all-too-familiar vortex.

man injecting his quads with anabolic steroids with a syringe needle
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This is particularly relevant to bodybuilding as many of us follow a drug-taking mentality. like it or not, Drugs prevalent in bodybuilding, especially at an elite level. I am referring to both performance-enhancing, as well as recreational drugs. To a large extent, if you do drugs, you do drugs. Rationalizing performance over entertainment is difficult, especially given the inevitable overlap.

Now, add up the mood-altering hormonal responses typical of both. certain performance-enhancing drugs (steroids, especially) as well as discontinuing those drugs. It just raises the temperature and adds to the misery. (For those not familiar with the hormonal effects on mood, taking steroids on and off caused tremendous fluctuations in testosterone, which can lead to severe mood swings).

In the end, if through all these hardships, sacrifice, dedication, focus, energy, time and money, contests, contracts, photoshoots, social media followings result in disappointment or failure, whatever, one can easily find themselves Can find the edge, tolerating some degree of emotional pain.

Then they look back and see how much debris this discovery has created. Relationships ended, jobs lost, injuries hurt, savings spent, family ties strained—everyone has their issues. The strength of your mind and your mental fitness will determine what you do about it all.

Thankfully, most of us have the emotional capacity to pull ourselves up and move on with it. Some of us, sadly, can’t. The pain is great, the damage is great, the hold of the drugs is too strong, the pain has done too much harm, the anger too much, the pain too unbearable. Suddenly, the ending looks better than it went on.

In no way am I implying that this is the sequence that led to Callum doing what he did. However, thanks to social media, we know enough about him and what he does, for us to look at his condition, and at least take into account the importance of mental health. The path Callum von Moger chose ultimately proved to be terrifying. By the grace of whatever higher power you describe, it has been given another chance. I sincerely hope that Calum’s suffering will not go in vain; Not only for him but for all of us.

The bottom line is that, especially in our world, we have to care about the people around us. Pay attention to what they are doing – or not doing. If someone you know goes through an incredible period of personal tragedies, as Calum von Moger did, and becomes depressed, withdraws from social life, displays signs of self-loathing, is highly obsessed with their social media becomes obsessive, or in any way threatened to act, devalue, self-deprecate, fundamentally impulsive and do a lot of drugs, then you might want to gather friends around you and talk about it Let me talk about what’s going on. Suggest counseling, offer to take them on, make sure they don’t spend too much time alone… there are a ton of resources and international hotlines available National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Callum Von Moger in a tank top at the gym
Instagram: calumvonmoger

You have to join. Just loving them is not enough.

As big and invincible as some of us may seem from the outside, we all bleed, we are all human. I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to think that some sort of mental illness/trauma took its roots in Callum von Moger and it almost killed him – this time. I hope those around her can join in and find a way to protect her and get her some help. At the end of the day guys, we have to care about each other. no one else will do. It may be inconvenient, but just try to remember, because Joe Weider always used to say, “We’re all brothers.”

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