DR. Phil

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craky redneck or wise counsel? WHat's with his eyebrow movements? WOuld you trust him to probe you ?

Mike Hanle y (mike), Friday, 13 June 2003 04:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ts: Dr. Phil vs. Dr. Drew vs. Dr. Dean Edell

Leee (Leee), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

in one of my darker moments i called up an old friend (it was new years and he was the only one home) and after talking a while he began to quote dr. phil to me. i beat a hasty retreat and resolved that next time i feel like shit i will cry into my pillow rather than reach for the phone.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dr. Phil is a commie

King Kobra (King Kobra), Friday, 13 June 2003 15:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

his head is gigantic.

dyson (dyson), Friday, 13 June 2003 16:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"You say you want to kill your father, but I think you really want to hug your father."

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 13 June 2003 17:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't know who he was until he was a guest star on Frasier a couple of weeks back. Now he is appearing everywhere.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 13 June 2003 17:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh he's been embedded into the consciousness of middle-American housewives for a long time before that, Alisa. I call shenanigans on him. Basically, he just tells you that you don't want to do whatever stupid thing it is you do (as the NZA pointed out).

"You don't WOOONT to go eat an entire chocolate cake."

What a crock.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Friday, 13 June 2003 17:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But I'm neither middle-American, nor a housewife.

He sounds like the "you don't want to do that" guy off Harry Enfield. I think he might be shown on cable over here as my husband has seen him several times since he appeared on Frasier.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 13 June 2003 17:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But I'm neither middle-American, nor a housewife.

Hence he's just entered into YOUR consciousness! :) You can thank Oprah for unleashing him on the world.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's as may be. But I hold Frasier solely responsible for unleashing him on my world.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The sound of his voice makes my brain hurt in it's heart.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I can actually appreciate that he probably has helped some people make small decisions and maybe even some big ones.

It just so happens that his particular pop-psych argot pushes all of the wrong buttons for me.

And of course Dr. Phil has enriched himself in the process, unlike the 12-step programs that invite easy derision but are likewise helpful to many.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Nick... The sound of mah voice does NAWT really make your brain hurt in it's heart. Your heart really hurts in your heart."

Aaron W (Aaron W), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Two years ago, right before Christmas, I happened to mention to my mom that I was feeling a little down. Lo and behold, one of my presents:


My problem with Dr. Phil is basically the same problem I have with all TV/radio psychologists -- they reduce people's struggles to generic sound-bites, with little interest in context or history. I'm willing to grant that this might work for some people -- i.e., maybe all they need is to hear someone say, "You're being immature!" -- but too often, it seems like a "quick fix."

Apparently, Dr. Phil used to have a private practice, but got bored and impatient with listening to people's problems all day. That kinda says it all for me.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

pop-psych argot :


amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dan will sometimes scare me/reduce me to hysterical laughter with his spookily accurate impersonation of Dr. Phil's voice.

Nicole (Nicole), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i think of him as being in the tradition of traveling preachers who no doubt believed their own words but also had a lot of the showman and a bit of the huckster in them, selling the same bill of goods to new audiences every evening. it's a grand american tradition.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

You people need to get the Edge.

s1utsky (slutsky), Friday, 13 June 2003 18:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

at least he actually has a ph.d. in psychology, unlike Dr. Laura, who has an M.D. and got certification for mairrage counselling, but who mostly just seems to push this weird religious agenda.

Mike Hanle y (mike), Friday, 13 June 2003 20:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dr. Phil eerily reminds me of Jeffrey Tambor so I keep wanting to make Hank Kingsley jokes.

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Saturday, 14 June 2003 02:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"You people need to get the Edge"

arriving at the knowledge of -- abduction...

they don't need the edge.

faggotry (faggotry), Saturday, 14 June 2003 20:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Come again?

s1utsky (slutsky), Saturday, 14 June 2003 22:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dr. Phil -- the only advice expert from Oprah's show who didn't sound like a bunch of new-agey nonsense. I like most of the advice he gives. Perhaps I'm not snobbish enough to view this program as anything other than a great catharsis, and not angled against the program enough to completely forget that this guy, unlike any other talk show host out there, actually seeks out further help for his guests and says that his program is not that of solving problems in 15 minutes, but rather giving these people the wakeup calls they need to start off on the right foot, and then giving them further help for long after the program's already been aired.

I do recognize that he does make those "You don't want to eat a whole chocolate cake, do you?" comments, yes, but those are purely for comedic/exaggerated effect and are meant to make the guest (and the audience) laugh. No one seriously thinks that's part of his advice. That's just his own way of showing how absurd he feels these people's justifications are. And no, he doesn't do this to everyone; there are some people whom he has on who are so deeply in pain that he will be very gentle with.

Personally, I'm glad he's on the air. We've needed someone like this to counter-balance all the crap Oprah and the Oprah-likes have (you talk about pop psychology overdrive there). At least, that's what I feel.

Dee the Lurker (Dee the Lurker), Saturday, 14 June 2003 23:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

slutsky, i was typing to myself. anyhoo...

"but what do you mean [dr phil]" - guest

"im going to give you a copy of my book before you leave" - phil

true story. i rest my case. this guy is a genius.

faggotry (faggotry), Sunday, 15 June 2003 22:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...
hi dr phil how do i get on your show?

laetitia, Tuesday, 27 April 2004 01:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Uh oh.

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 27 April 2004 01:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Send $50 to this email account through paypal.

Dr. Phil (Nicole), Tuesday, 27 April 2004 01:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

*stares at laetitia*

Oh yes, and my opinion of the guy has significantly changed since the time I typed up and submitted the above post o' mine. I got fed up with the guy sometime in early July and now actively seek to avoid him and his corn-pone, tired "advice". I think it's ridiculous how he seeks to include his wife and two sons in almost everything he does and if I have to see Jay's smug, assholeish countenance one more bloody time, I will be forced to buy a plane ticket to L.A., track Jay down, and smack him until his ears bleed. I have never liked Jay. He's even smarmier than the old man is.

Many Coloured Halo (Dee the Lurker), Tuesday, 27 April 2004 01:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink








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BRODY JACKSON, Tuesday, 27 April 2004 01:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

This is the best Dr. phil thread.

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Tape Store, Friday, 11 January 2008 04:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


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velko, Friday, 3 April 2009 00:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

*stares at laetitia*


Dr. Phil, Friday, 3 April 2009 00:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...


― Dr. Phil, Thursday, April 2, 2009 7:59 PM (7 years ago)

assawoman bay (harbl), Thursday, 9 June 2016 11:58 (one year ago) Permalink

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