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What Do Y'all Think of Dr. Phil?(13 posts)

What Do Y'all Think of Dr. Phil?Jon Billheimer
Sep 16, 2003 8:46 AM
Maybe I've been on another planet but it seems all of a sudden that this guy's all over the airwaves. It also appears to me that Oprah has convinced him that he's god. Although I agree with some of what I've heard him say, he appears awfully arrogant and moderately obnoxious. Is there something in our mindset that makes us like being hectored and bawled out? This seems to be a common theme from certain religious leaders such as Jerry Falwell, to the always-scolding Dr. Laura, and now Dr. Phil. What do you think?
Good. Brings psychology to the masses. Soon to be on VH1 'rise128
Sep 16, 2003 8:58 AM
and fall', and from what you say, the fall is beginning. At the very least, his shows do not force each topic into the usual "Is your teenage daughter..." format.

Arrogant and moderatley obnoxious' is his hook.

It's workin for him.

And yes, people do like flaggellation; fault exposition is cathartic.

Dr. Laura is imho, socially destructive.
I think he's a pinhead. My wife is a psychologist, andOldEdScott
Sep 16, 2003 9:01 AM
she says he's known in the profession as a lightweight and a charlatan. But what can you do? He's got a schtick that sells on TV.
some people need to hear the truthColnagoFE
Sep 16, 2003 9:03 AM
I think he's successful because he tells it like he sees it and doesn't pull punches. Some people need to hear that they are the ones responsible for their mess-ups and that blaming bad parents or whatever doesn't help with the solution. That said I think he has a lot of ballz to publish a diet book when he so obviously isn't the fittest person on the planet.
Rumor is they have to pay the studio audience to show up. NMTri_Rich
Sep 16, 2003 9:13 AM
I prefer Judge Judy if I'm going....Dwayne Barry
Sep 16, 2003 9:37 AM
to watch someone tell idiots that they are idiots, then you don't have to hear the psychology mumbo-jumbo.

Do you know Dr. Wells (big white-bearded guy)? Another fat*ss telling everyone how they should eat and what's healthy.

I think you are either naturally lean because you either have a fast metabolism and/or don't eat excessively, or you need to have will-power to overcome your urge to eat (you can always eat more than you burn!). When was the last time a diet book told people not to eat, rather than what "special" diet prescriptions are going to magically make them thin?
He needs a little therapy hiself. nmKristin
Sep 16, 2003 12:35 PM
re: Who?jrm
Sep 16, 2003 3:26 PM
Nope dont know the guy..
you don't watch oprah i take it (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 17, 2003 9:38 AM
I think he's OK and the show is entertaining.PseuZQ
Sep 16, 2003 3:31 PM
Don't get me started on John Gray, though.

Re: Dr. Phil, I like the shows sometimes...they're on during prime time in SF; don't know about the rest of the country.

I admire the fact that he's taking on the obesity issue. But what *really* hacked me off is when he and Katie Couric did the live "Dr. Phil Weight Loss Challenge" thang, and were bugging people at the mall food court about what they were eating. (Katie: "Ooh! Look at all that rice!") Even badgered some poor woman into throwing away her shrimp taco! Beeeeeyotch! I'd smack someone if they tried that with me, which someone might, if they've ever seen me eat after a really long ride.
He's an example of reality being blended with entertainmentStarliner
Sep 16, 2003 7:09 PM
You have to take what you see with a grain of salt and realize what it's about is a real problem which is polished up and scripted for a TV show where the traditional one on one approach to such issues is changed by the presence of an audience. Given the format, the times I have seen him I have felt him to be fairly neutral with an issue such as marital problems between a couple, and relatively frank with people with weight problems. But sometimes when
it seems he could go deeper into the issue with the people, it's time for a commercial break, and then the camera shows him huddling up with the people as it draws back. I think that's when he gives them his real advice.
He seems to have his Jed Clampett schtick down pretty well...bicyclerepairman
Sep 22, 2003 11:39 PM
though, in the long run, know-it-all types are annoying. Also, I don't trust internal processes engaged in in front of an audience. A meta-level analysis of society is absent from the "Dr. Phil" world...for the identified patients on the show, becoming more Ward and June Cleaver-like seems to be the goal. Having said that, watching Dr. Phil is probably better for your kid(s) than having them watch Jerry Springer or professional wrestling.
I initially liked himDougSloan
Sep 23, 2003 7:09 AM
At first I really liked his approach versus psycho-therapy coddling BS.

However, the more I hear him, the more I realize that his answer to every problem is to slap the patient upside the head and say "snap out of it." It's refreshing for a moment, but I think it will get old, fast.