posted on Mar, 12 2015 @ 07:41 PM
I personally hate that show, for two main reasons. The first is more superficial, and has to do with Dr. Phil's attitude toward certain individuals.
Sometimes this is more understandable, but it just rubs me the wrong way sometimes. Not that big of a deal. But the second thing is much more
important, and has to do with the exploitation of personal tragedies for financial gain. Some people go on his show because they want help and cannot
afford to get it anywhere else. Their options are limited, and their only real hope is to beg for Dr. Phil's help. But how does he help them? By
bringing them on national, maybe international, television, in front of a LIVE AUDIENCE who is encouraged to show their pleasure, but mostly
displeasure, which does not help the situation at all. I just cannot fathom how someone who is a doctor, a psychiatrist nonetheless, feels it is okay
to exploit people in this manner. Sure these people agree to it, and sometimes they probably could go elsewhere, but it is really bad when desperate
people only want help. They care nothing for being on television. Do these people get paid at all? I was thinking they did not, but I don't really
know. If not it is probably even worse in terms of exploitation.
As far as the case in question, I do not really see what has gotten everyone so riled up. If it is the exploitation by the Dr. Phil Show then I
completely concur, but other than that I do not really see the big deal. It is the same as a myriad of other episodes. People are experiencing or have
experienced tragedy, and they are brought on stage and get to tell the world what is going on. Oh, but let's not forget that Dr. Phil's brand of
help involves interrupting the guests or "patients" five or six times for commercial breaks. Can you imagine an actual therapist or doctor doing
this at such a crucial time, when they are supposed to be helping a person or family? I suppose there might be some upsides to the show, but it is
very difficult for me to overlook these negative aspects in favor of whatever positive aspects might be present.