While his love of himself grates on me, I saw Dr. Phil on OWN doing a Lifeclass about this book. I enjoyed the points he shared and decided to buy the book here. I may have to return this title if he doesn't stop what he starts in the first 5 minutes of listening. You get to hear how amazing HIS career has been and how terrific HIS success in life is. They you have to hear about HIS wonderful marriage and HIS two amazingly successful sons. HELLO? PAGING PHIL MCGRAW... THIS BOOK ISN'T ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL YOU THINK YOU ARE.
I have not because of this very fear, that McGraw would make the entire book like his television appearances, about himself and his love for himself.
Self-Centered and annoying. He actually works for Oprah Winfrey still and she has a hand in pretty much any "product" with his name. While she can have flashes of self importance it is amazing to me she hasn't sat him down and told him to take the spotlight off himself and shine it on HIS AUDIENCE.
Dr. Phil McGraw.
I feel this book HAS good information in it but so far it buried so far under McGraw's self congratulatory tone it is grating.
Nothing really new here. Same popular topics, re-branded with Dr. Phil's own label. My guess, just a re-wrap of topics to work in tandem with Dr. Phil's television topics. All and all, good common sense .... read it here, or in any other self-help book.
One of the best. It pains me to admit that, given my dislike of Dr. Phil.
Very practical advice, particularly for those who might not have learned the skills needed to stand up for themselves or to handle bullies, even as adults.
Ugh, that man's voice! Not a fan, but the content was so great it was easy to ignore. I understand what a celebrity author who makes a living talking would want to read his own book, but at times it felt a little like listening to his show. With no guests.
Gave me a whole new perspective on how to handle difficult people, how to prevent being scammed, and how to take control of areas of my life I had previously had difficulty with.
Even if you're not a Dr. Phil fan (I'm not!), this book is well worth the read. He even explains his methodology which, as a fellow researcher, is actually pretty impressive.
This book really speaks in a language anybody can understand. He rarely talks about himself and when he does, it's to back up his points and his experience with narcissists or "BAITER's" and helps the reader recognize those traits and behavioral patterns so that those people can be spotted and avoided.
Being a fan of Dr Phil is a benefit to reading this book and even if you're not, who else is going to explain the real world then a real person?
I bought the paperback first and loved it so much, I bought the audio book so I can listen to it over and over until Evey detail sinks in and I can have stronger vigilance towards the jerks that try to put me and my family down.
A definite must read.
I was really disappointed by this book. I expected the no nonsense advice I hear from Dr Phil every time I watch his show but this book is very sinicle and almost mean. Maybe I should have read more but I didn't get past the first two chapters.
I read some reviews who said that it's all about himself so that I almost didn't buy it - I don't see it though, and I am glad that I got it. Of course, he uses examples of himself because that's how he learned and progressed. I like especially the chapter on the evil eight as I had hunches about the character of those people which have now put into words. I have always liked his clear language of not beating around the bush. I am learning from his book and am glad he wrote it.
Excellent discussion, with common sense advice, many good examples. I agree this book is to be listened to several times, because it's clear we need to duo better.