I’ve got beef
My first memory of Dr. Phil is watching Oprah with my mom back in the late 90’s when she was being sued by the Texan beef industry. I guess Dr. Phil kept Oprah sane during the trial and she felt that he should be released into the wilds of the American conscience to counsel, console, and beat weakness out of people.
And I’ll be honest…I sorta fell under the spell. Watching him yell at cheating husbands and bratty teenagers was sorta thrilling especially in the pre-reality show universe we all used to live in.
I’ve also been guilty of checking out his books (not buying them…god no).
But there’s always been something kinda weird about him and his family. Like, the wife who attends all his shows. I’m quite sure I don’t love anyone enough to go to work with them every day. And the son who married the Playboy playmate even though his dad has repeatedly sounded the battle cry against porn. And the fact that he ALWAYS THINKS HE’S RIGHT. Something about him weirds me out.
So, given my propensity to visit gossip sites on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that I found this article on MSN and thought I’d share. Turns out, Dr. Phil IS a loony! :
Of course, it goes without saying (although I’m saying it now) that much of my cynicism for the entire ‘self-help’ industry stems from my interaction with and subsequent learning from my up and coming marketer/copywriter boyfriend. Here’s a little secret: the self-help market is HUGE and the public is practically begging to throw money at people who offer up advice. (if you’re curious about this, check out the blogs in my ‘Empire Building’ section) So, really…Dr. Phil was just tapping into an insanely lucrative market and we all fell for it.
But now, c’mon America, it’s time to “get real” and stop taking this guy seriously.