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Dr Phil, abuser

Posted by badhaircut on September 28, 2004, at 9:38:17

At Slate Magazine, Ann Hulbert reviews Dr Phil's recent TV appearances in which he promotes his new parenting book. She questions

...whether addressing parents as if they were impulsive 2-year-olds is a good way to convey [Phil's] message that regaining parental authority entails maturity. The spectacle of adults being bullied [by Phil] and breaking down doesn't seem particularly edifying for kids—especially if what they need most, as Dr. Phil suggests, is to be able to respect, and rely on, parental guidance.

She said his TV promotions show kids in full view in very vulnerable, private, bad situations. She says it's abuse.

She's pretty dismissive of his book, too, which she says advises running the family like a downsized business. Hulbert wrote "Raising America" on the history of parenting books. Her review of Dr Phil is at




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