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Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code | [Phil McGraw]

Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.
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The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

In Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, six-time New York Times number-one best-selling author Dr. Phil McGraw abandons traditional thinking and tells you the ugly truth about the users, abusers, and overall "bad guys" we all have in our lives. He also reveals the secrets of how they think and how they get to and exploit you and those you love. You'll gain incredible insight into these negative people, which he refers to as BAITERs (Backstabbers, Abusers, Imposters, Takers, Exploiters, Reckless), and you'll gain the tools to protect yourself from their assaults. Dr. Phil gives you the "Evil Eight" identifiers so you can see them coming from a mile away, as well as their "Secret Playbook", which contains the "Nefarious 15" tactics they use to exploit you and take what is yours mentally, physically, socially, and professionally. Life Code then focuses on you and your playbook, which contains the "Sweet 16" tactics for winning in the real world.

Edgy, controversial and sometimes irreverent, Dr. Phil again abandons convention to prepare you to claim what you deserve and claim it now. You take flying lessons to learn to fly, swimming lessons to learn to swim, and singing lessons to learn to sing. So, why not take winning lessons to learn to win?

©2012 Phillip C. McGraw (P)2012 Phillip C. McGraw

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-12-13
    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Read it, so don't mention it anymore Dr. Phil..."

    I REALLY think this is a great book. I think EVERY woman (especially Southern) should read it, since we are taught to be polite over anything else. Be polite, but DO NOT GIVE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. Very interesting points and I liked the spirit of the information. Highly recommended. Even though I think he mentions it WAY TOO much on his show.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta WATERFORD, MI, United States 02-25-13
    Loretta WATERFORD, MI, United States 02-25-13
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    "listen today and put information to use today"
    If you could sum up Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code in three words, what would they be?

    words of wisdom


    What other book might you compare Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code to and why?

    many of the relationship and self help classics but a big difference is the focus is not on getting along well with others as being wise to people who would wish to undermine you no matter how positive, helpful and essential good you are to them and others


    What does Phil McGraw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enjoyed listening to his voice and funny texas sayings. Listening to the book over and over helped the information stick. I enjoy listening while driving or working. It gives extra exposure that I wouldn't get by setting down to read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Getting specific information on dealing with conflict and using it in my life and watching the person attempt to use many of the negative attacking behaviors toward me that I was not only prepared for but very clear on my desired outcome. The experience was the most positive I have ever had in dealing with a difficult person. I was totally prepared and clear on my desired outcome and did not get off course by their response. I feel more confident in my ability to deal better in the future with difficult people and catching situations immediately instead of letting it fester because "I cant believe they said or did that". Now I am more aware that "oh yes I can beleive they would be capable of saying or doing that" and I won't be caught unaware again.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leonie North Lakes, Australia 04-19-13
    Leonie North Lakes, Australia 04-19-13
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    "applicability of concepts"
    Would you listen to Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code again? Why?

    I would just to recap on some key strategies


    What did you like best about this story?

    Made no opologies for puting your own outcomes above others


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil McGraw’s performances?

    yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Far too long was spent ( a whole chapter I think) on telling you what he was going to tell you and how important what he was going to impart was. I realise that this is part of the training model of Tell em what you are going to em, tell em, and then tell em what you told them. But I found it a annoying

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen KANKAKEE, IL, United States 03-13-13
    Karen KANKAKEE, IL, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Lots of information about the toxic people in our lives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code?

    Stop giving people the benefit of the doubt.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Life is a competition and we have to work hard to stay in the game.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this a second time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    william middle river, MD, United States 05-19-13
    william middle river, MD, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Useful information and worth your time to listen"
    If you could sum up Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code in three words, what would they be?

    Painfully, audible has formatted their reviews which makes writing a good review very difficult. But my three words would be TEDIOUS - McGraws introduction, which drags on and on and on, is very difficult to takeUSEFUL - McGraw resummarizes specialty reading for professionals by highlighting the antisocial and personality disordered individuals in terms non professionals can relate to - he calls them 'baiters'WORTHY - worth your time to listen even though you may be aware of some or much of the advice he dispenses


    What did you like best about this story?

    McGraw calls the antisocial personality disordered (narcissists, borderlines and sociopaths in professional terms accounting for up to 30% of the general population) BAITERS which refers to Backstabbers, Abusers, Imposters, Takers, Exploiters, Reckless- people who will hurt you in life. He describes them so that you might recognize them, which he calls the "tools" to recognize them - which he calls the “Evil Eight” (identifiers) so you can see them coming, and identifies their “Secret Playbook,” which contains the “Nefarious 15” tactics they use to exploit you and take what is yours mentally, physically, socially and professionally. McGraw then focuses on you (and your 'playbook'), which contains the “Sweet 16” tactics for winning in life and the real world.Basically, trust no one, recognize and understand the narcissistic and self serving deceit and manipulations of antisocially disordered people. McGraw never gives statistics but sub clinical antisocials account for at least 16-18% of the population and clinical antisocials about 8%, which is quite a large number of people. As McGraw said, you might be married to one, and you surely know several.McGraw then gives advice to 'get with it' and develop a positive goal oriented, competitively based series of personal goals for you to accomplish in life those things to maximize your own potential.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    NO question about it - the intro drags and drags on with what this book is going to do for you. My advice - suffer through it by doing something else while you listen. When he gets serious then listen more carefully.


    What did you learn from Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code that you would use in your daily life?

    Most people have not had serious run ins with antisocially disordered people or have failed to recognize past problems as such. And most don't know that these problems are caused by deceitful, manipulative predatory personalities. Dr. Phil gives you and me everyday tools to recognize the antisocial BAITERS and concepts to avoid or deal with them effectively.


    Any additional comments?

    A freeform comment area might be a better means to relay the audible content than this self-limiting format. Also, except for the ruthless self promotion of the book in the beginning, which is tedious, McGraw is effective as a narrator emphasizing useful and relevant concepts as he presents them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Healey New England 06-03-13
    Ryan Healey New England 06-03-13

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    "Dr. Phil's EGO Code"
    What would have made Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code better?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Phil McGraw before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Phil McGraw’s performance?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code?

    Dr. Phil McGraw.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Pasco, WA, United States 11-12-13
    Jane Pasco, WA, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Months latter and I still really like this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code the most enjoyable?

    Generally, this man is too mushy-feely for me, but this is firm straight talk that rings true in my heart.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby lewisville, TX, United States 05-18-13
    Bobby lewisville, TX, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Pure Dr. Phil."
    Would you try another book from Phil McGraw and/or Phil McGraw?

    Yes. He offers a fresh outlook and unique action plans.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Still a little negative. He says he is just keeping it real. He may be right, I just hope not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    What he says about infidelity was wise.


    Could you see Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think it has. The Dr. Phil Show.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this book, read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey. Dr. Phil borrowed heavily from him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 04-03-13
    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Same Stuff, Just Re-Branded"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    maria hamilton 07-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Inevitable Reading for Successful People"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to many friends because it was a co-worker and dear friend who recommended it to me. Besides, this book is the handbook of practical strategies for life's inevitable challenges and unfair deals.


    What other book might you compare Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code to and why?

    I would compare this book to Peck's "The Road Less Travelled" and some of John Maxwell's books, based on the emotional, spiritual, and holistic awakening the books inspire.


    What does Phil McGraw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dr. Phil adds a personal touch. His instructive voice and encouraging words incite an awareness of the evil and adversary in our world and how equipped we should become to adequately deal with them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. I was curious to hear similar experiences and how to conquer them and other experiences and how to overcome them. However, books as such are copious and cannot be digested in one sitting or course.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Life Code is excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code to be better than the print version?

    Listening to the audio of Dr Phil McGraw was really interesting, it felt like he was in the same room, just talking to me and putting his point across.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truthfulness of Dr Phil McGraw words and examples.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed listening to the first part which outlines what type of person we sometimes deal with whether it be in the office or at home.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It has been a long time since I've actually listened to an audio and actually agreed with the writer. This is a five star book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to those people who been treated badly whether at work or at home and feel it was their fault. This book will change your mind.

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