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These Golden Moments Just Don't Happen By Accident

Remember when Teresa Giudice flipped that table on "Real Housewives of New Jersey"? Technically, the table never officially "flipped," but Giudice did, and made sure to let everyone else know her wrath.

Did you ever wonder how the people on "The Bachelor" get picked for the popular reality show? How do networks ensure that these dumpster fires occur every week?

It turns out there's a psychologist for that, and he helps pick the people who are capable of keeping us glued to our TV sets every season.

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Flare spoke with the clinical psychologist who helps choose the cast members for "The Bachelor."

Dr. Steven Stein works with networks to find the best people for the show. Flare's credentials give the impression that "Bachelor" cast members need to be ready for anything -- combat, special ops, etc. The drama that erupts on these shows isn't exactly serving in the military, but it must be a stressful experience for contestants.

Gauging "emotional Intelligence" is a big part of the process.

According to Katie Hewitt of Flare:

“Stein, who’s based in Toronto and earned his Ph.D at the University of Ottawa, is an emotional intelligence expert with experience mitigating human crises for people engaged in active combat, counterterrorism and contrived drama."

In Demand

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He doesn't just work in Hollywood, as Flare writes:

"He’s consulted or provided psychological testing for the Canadian Forces, special units of the Pentagon and the FBI Academy, and, more recently, for dozens of reality TV shows, including "Big Brother Canada", the "OG Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "The Bachelor Canada."

Predicting the Unpredictable

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Stein will interview potential reality TV stars and give them IQ tests and assess emotional intelligence. A contestant could take up to seven of these tests.

Stein looks for two things: “One is mental health issues, psychopathology. We want to screen out for anything serious, problems with addiction or anger. The second part looks at actual characteristics, how they’re likely to behave in certain scenarios."

Safety comes first, and Stein says they want to make sure that contestants don't have any underlying emotional issues that could crop up during filming. And a psychologist is always available during shooting when big things go down, such as when a contestant gets eliminated.

Calculated All-Star Cast

Stein equates it to casting a "Broadway play," where you have to pick those stereotypical characters like the bad guy or the comic or the outcast. But most of all, Stein looks for a level of narcissism.

“I would say 90 percent of the people I see score high on narcissism. If you’re shy or introverted, you’re not going to be good on reality TV," he says.

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