Talking Back to Dr. Phil

Talking Back to Dr. Phil

Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology

eBook - 2013
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Utilizing in-depth research and analysis, this volume debunks the quick fixes and simplistic explanations of Dr. Phil McGraw. While he's watched and revered by millions, no critique exists for his daytime advice-and like much of "pop psychology," his counsel is often ineffective, leaving people feeling like failures and that something is wrong with them. Readers will easily identify with the guests and stories from actual Dr. Phil episodes, on topics ranging from anger, sex, addictions, and dieting to domestic violence, race, and gender. A powerful, love-based alternative psychology is then of.
Publisher: Chicago : Belly Song Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780985266738
0985266732
9780985266714
0985266716
Characteristics: 1 online resource (233 p.)
Contents: Dieting As an American Koan: Zen and the Art of Weight LossCan I Get a Witness? Taking a Stand against Assaults on Body Image; Part IV Addictions and Obsessions; Substances As Allies: The Urge for Altered States; Making Me Over: Obsessing about Obsessions; Part V Diversity; All Together Now: Appreciating Family Diversity; Passion through the Ages: Sex and Shame; Breaking It Down: Black Youths, Sports, and Education; Part VI Domestic Violence; Don't We Look Happy? The Silence around Domestic Violence; Let Suffering Speak: Bearing Witness to Domestic Violence; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Cover; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; Foreword by Arnold Mindell, Ph. D.; Introduction; Part I Labeling, Lies, Judgment, and Anger; Call Me Crazy: Is Psychology Making Us Sick?; Cocreating Dishonesty: Sex, Lies, and Psychology; In the Shadow of Our Judgments: Ethics and Psychology; Anger: Befriending the Beast; Part II Relationships; Having It Out: Sustainable Alternatives to Compromise; Relationship Conflict: What's Gender Got to Do with It?; Rank Dynamics: The Anatomy of an Affair; Part III Diets and Body Image; Married to Dieting: Banking on Failure.
Summary: Utilizing in-depth research and analysis, this volume debunks the quick fixes and simplistic explanations of Dr. Phil McGraw. While he's watched and revered by millions, no critique exists for his daytime advice-and like much of "pop psychology," his counsel is often ineffective, leaving people feeling like failures and that something is wrong with them. Readers will easily identify with the guests and stories from actual Dr. Phil episodes, on topics ranging from anger, sex, addictions, and dieting to domestic violence, race, and gender. A powerful, love-based alternative psychology is then of.

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May 08, 2013

This book is difficult for me to review because I am trying to be open-minded to all approaches to psychology and counseling. I would also like to say that there are specific things about the author's love-based counseling approach and theory that I identify with and appreciate. The biggest piece is his view on diversity and over-diagnosis. Bedrick does a good job of explaining the logic behind how he and his colleagues view each person as unique and, therefore, our excursions away from the status quo as simply expressions of that individuality rather than indicative of some underlying pathology. Bedrick uses examples from the Dr. Phil show to illustrate this over-diagnosing and pathologizing procedure. However, the lack of an evidence-based approach makes some of his diagnoses and theories seem subjective and speculative. He uses his own experience with clients to explain his arguments, but doesn't include any qualitative study from other professionals in the counseling field. Though I agree with many of the techniques that he proposes to do different with the guests on the Dr. Phil show, it seems too easy for Bedrick to propose them hypothetically in a book and say that his interventions would be more effective.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in counseling, but remember to take what the author says with a grain of salt. It seems like a good resource for people to better understand their own ideas, theories, and beliefs, but readers should think critically about Bedrick's theories and interventions and their practicality and efficacy. Remember that this is a collection of essays on one professional's theories and practices, not the definitive answer to all of society's psychological woes.

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