What is the effect an average person feels when, for example, that person meets a Justin Beber or JFK in person?

I saw a documentary on JFK (I don't remember which one) once and they mentioned this syndrome where doctors in the hospital were tense and jittery ("don't know what to do, don't know what to say") during the time they were trying to bring him back after he was shot since they were operating on a celebrity of that stature.

The phrase used was some kind of social syndrome.

Like one could say cold feet syndrome....but cold feet is a medical symptom too so it cannot be used.

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    The first word that came to mind was that the doctors were 'awestruck'. Or, if they cannot speak, then they are 'dumbstruck'. However maybe you are looking for a technical word (?) – chasly - supports Monica Oct 31 '18 at 11:21
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    Keeping with the -struck theme, there is also starstruck, but that also does not fit with your "some kind of syndrome" description. – cobaltduck Oct 31 '18 at 11:30
  • I strongly suggest that users reserve their answers for answers and not in comments. – Mari-Lou A Oct 31 '18 at 12:33
  • Fyi, to get cold feet is an idiomatic expression in English. – Lambie Oct 31 '18 at 15:01
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    It pretty much depends on the person. Meeting a random celebrity would have no particular effect on me. (In fact, I'd want to avoid meeting Justin Bieber . . .) – Jason Bassford Oct 31 '18 at 22:58

The appropriate term for Justin Bieber would be 'starstruck', as Cobaltduck suggests, but this wouldn't be a suitable term for JFK's doctors.


be in awe of (someone or something) TFD an idiom

To have a great amount of respect or admiration for someone, sometimes to the point of feeling nervous or fearful around them.

As in:

Everyone in town was in awe of the movie star as he came through on his vacation.

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