Dr. Phil is Watched and Revered by Millions

 Yet no serious critique exists for his daytime advice. Like much of our culture’s pop psychology quick fixes, Dr. Phil’s counsel often leaves his guests—and others like them—feeling confused and inadequate.
In his new book, Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology, counselor, educator, and attorney David Bedrick introduces a fresh approach to addressing our disturbing feelings and behaviors, and encourages a love-based psychology rooted in the belief that there is profound meaning in our struggles, which can be healed when compassionately reframed. Using examples from the television show Dr. Phil, Bedrick illustrates mainstream psychology’s tendency to shame people into thinking something is wrong with them and debunks many standard protocols and “fixes.” Readers will easily identify with the guests as story after story presents how our difficulties can be the seeds of our own unique beauty, power, and intelligence.


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We are a society of armchair psychologists, who are constantly self-diagnosing. There are scores of books and television programs that suggest ways for us to reprogram and rid ourselves of disturbing feelings and behavior patterns. Bedrick is deepening the dialogue about the role and practice of psychology in today’s society. Much of mainstream or “pop” psychology give us plenty of labels, but does it go deep enough to motivate us to truly change destructive patterns? Bedrick gives us a new vision of psychology where people are seen not as either functional or dysfunctional. It’s a psychology where awareness and dialogue are more important than labels. – Justine Willis Toms

Praise for Talking Back to Dr. Phil
At last someone is taking on Dr. Phil with good sense and great humor…A must read.” 
          —Nikki Giovanni
, world-renowned poet, author, activist, educator, and five-
             time NAACP Image Award recipient
“[A] fun, psychologically educational, and brilliant yet easy-to-read book that dives into the essence and emerges with loving and realistic advice about everyday life.”
          —Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., author of Quantum Mind and The Shaman’s Body
“[E]nlightening and validating…At last, someone who can stand up knowledgeably to Dr. Phil’s suave bullying.”
          —Robert W. Fuller, Ph.D., former president of Oberlin College and author
Somebodies and Nobodies and Religion and Science
“A great advocate for stopping the madness of body hatred and dieting.”
          —Jane R. Hirschmann and Carol H. Munter, authors of 
             Overcoming Overeating and When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies

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