Our expert says:
I don't watch Dr Phil ( if you'll check out the archives of this forum, I've discussed why I don't appreciate his pompous, bombastic and superficial interventions, and his devotion to the luxurious problems of the rich. From the sound of it, the "experiment" in this program was wholly phony and contrived, and signified exactly nothing ---which should have fitted well his general show style.
What he does is far, far, easier than it looks --- rather than facing the real mix of problems a normal practitioner does, he has a large team which carefully selects people to appear with him, there is much pre-programming and preparation, and contrived quick fixes. And not much follow-up ! As therap, i's as realistic as BIg Brother Nigeria is about African Politics
Not in the least jealous of him. I've done my share of TV and radio in various countries, and don't envy his work or his fortunes. He may appear very generous in the shows, but that is contrived by the design of the show --- I don't watch, so I can't be sure, but is he really giving gifts from his own pockets ? Or is his production team arranging donations from other sources ? That may still be worth doing, but it's not the same. As lady nina says, it is showbiz, not therapy. And I don't like it when the distinctions are deliberately blurred, as this gives people misinformation and unrealistic expectations.
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