Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist

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Although he was virtually unknown just a few short years ago, Dr. Phil McGraw has become a media sensation. Since his first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998, Dr. Phil has made himself into the man people turn to for help in solving the problems of their lives.

But Dr. Phil is more than just the world's most famous pop psychologist. He's also a gifted businessman whose empire includes a blockbuster television show, bestselling books, and sold-out live seminars. In ...

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Overview

Although he was virtually unknown just a few short years ago, Dr. Phil McGraw has become a media sensation. Since his first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998, Dr. Phil has made himself into the man people turn to for help in solving the problems of their lives.

But Dr. Phil is more than just the world's most famous pop psychologist. He's also a gifted businessman whose empire includes a blockbuster television show, bestselling books, and sold-out live seminars. In fact, the rise of Dr. Phil—and his ever-expanding media and self-help operation—is one of the most fascinating success stories in recent years.

The Making of Dr. Phil takes you inside the world of this global phenomenon. Both an engaging biography and business success story, this comprehensive portrait introduces you to the real Dr. Phil, from his early days as a young athlete and student pilot, to his failed first marriage, decision to study psychology, chance meeting with Oprah, and other big breaks along the way that set the stage for his incredible career. Authors Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez dig deep to uncover Dr. Phil's motivations, inner drive, and the full dimension of a personality more complex than the "down-home doc" portrayed in his books and on television.

This fascinating book reveals:

  • What Dr. Phil's childhood and young adult years were like, including exclusive interviews with his friends and former classmates
  • How Dr. Phil's win-at-all-costs attitude has enabled him to build a multimillion-dollar business and media empire
  • What Dr. Phil's relationship with Oprah is really like, and what goes on behind the scenes of his hit TV show
  • Why some say Dr. Phil's brand of pop psychology is harmful, and how he responds to these charges
  • What rules Dr. Phil lives by that have led him to achieve such amazing success

Complete with interviews from his family, childhood friends, former business associates, and many others, The Making of Dr. Phil offers a rare glimpse into the life of one of today's most fascinating celebrities. It provides an up-close look at how he worked his way to the top, and is must reading for every Dr. Phil fan or anyone wanting to uncover his secrets for achieving their wildest dreams.

Essential Reading for Every Dr. Phil Fan…and Anyone Hoping to Learn the Secrets of His Incredible Success

The story of Dr. Phil's rise to the top is not one of a well-thought- out and carefully executed plan, nor is it entirely a tale about the rewards of hard work—although McGraw is clearly driven by his own success. Rather, it is the story of a brilliant opportunist with powerful survival instincts and a gift for quickly analyzing and sizing up any situation.

You've no doubt heard the legend about the man who was blessed by Oprah's golden touch. But the real story of the making of Dr. Phil encompasses both embarrassing failures and promising opportunities that have been brilliantly capitalized on by someone with the brains—and nerves—to do what it takes to succeed.
—From the Preface

Author Biography: SOPHIA DEMBLING is a veteran reporter based in Dr. Phil's hometown of Dallas, Texas. She spent more than a decade as a staff writer and editor at the Dallas Morning News, where she interviewed such celebrities as Martha Stewart, Carl Bernstein, Clint Black, and Annie Leibovitz. The author of The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texas, she has written for such publications as Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, and American Way.
LISA GUTIERREZ is an award-winning journalist who has been recognized for her investigative reporting by the Associated Press, National Newspaper Association, and Gannett. Now a features writer for the Kansas City Star, Gutierrez has interviewed numerous high-profile figures, including Billy Graham, Barbara Bush, Jeanne Phillips (aka Dear Abby), and actor Rob Lowe. Gutierrez has written for a number of publications over the past twenty years including USA Today. Her exclusive interview with Dr. Phil's first wife was picked up by numerous newspapers and broadcast outlets around the country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471467267
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/17/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,053,441
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

SOPHIA DEMBLING is a veteran reporter based in Dr. Phil's hometown of Dallas, Texas. She spent more than a decade as a staff writer and editor at the Dallas Morning News. The author of The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texas, Dembling was featured in documentaries about Dr. Phil on both A&E and E! Entertainment Television. She has appeared on TV and radio stations around the world, and has written for many publications.

LISA GUTIERREZ is an award-winning journalist who has been recognized for her investigative reporting by the Associated Press, National Newspaper Association, and Gannett. Now a features writer for the Kansas City Star, Gutierrez specializes in pop culture and celebrities. Her reporting on Dr. Phil has appeared in newspapers around the world.

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Table of Contents

Prologue.

1. Learning to Fly.

2. Like Father, Like Son.

3. Big Man on Campus

4. Tackling the Rough Times.

5. Let's Make a Deal.

6. Studying Psychology.

7. Licensed to Phil.

8. From the Couch to the Courtroom.

9. Oprah Comes Calling.

10. Becoming a Bestseller.

11. Ready for the Spotlight.

12. The Dr. Phil Show.

13. Mass-Marketing Tough Talk.

14. A Perfect Marriage.

15. The Son Also Rises.

16. Quick Draw McGraw.

17. Enjoying Celebrity.

18. Dr. Phil's Life Lessons for Success.

Significant Events in Dr. Phil's Life.

Acknowledgements.

Source Notes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    Not what I was expecting.

    I won't say that this book was bad, just disappointing. I was hoping for a much more organized, fun and thorough description of Dr. Phil and his success as a media icon. I felt that Dembler and Gutierrez missed the mark. The writing was not that engaging as it seemed to be pieced together, quote after quote and hearsay being the main word count. Also the end (don't worry this will not ruin the end for anyone) had a chapter that focused on Dr. Phil's Life Laws, or more accurately focused on making fun of Dr. Phil's Life Laws. I thought it was very petty of them to do this. On the whole, the biography did not live up to being an actual good, descriptive biography of any kind. It was not what I was led to expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist

    I'm a big Dr. Phil fan and found this book to be a fascinating account of his life story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist

    I have read all of Dr. Phil's self-help books, and found this one to be the most interesting of all. It offers insights into his background, while revealing the secrets of his success. I also enjoyed reading about the life strategies he follows in his own life. It's full of commentary from Dr. Phil and everyone from Oprah to his friends and family. I learned many new things about his life and think that everyone even remotely interested in Dr. Phil will find this book to be of interest.

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