10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Phil

  
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8. Education

Through his questionable advice on his show Dr. Phil, many have criticised him and his expertise and questioned his credibility, but he has done his schooling. After graduating from Shawnee Mission North High School, Phil attended the University of Tulsa and then transferred to Midwestern State University where he graduated from in 1975 with a B.A. in psychology. He continued on to earn an M.A. in experimental psychology and eventually gained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1979 from the University of North Texas.

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7. Controversy

Controversy has plagued Dr. Phil many times including in 1988 when he was investigated by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists after he hired a former patient for temporary part-time employment and the patient claimed that Dr. Phil had been inappropriate with her. In 1990 after he fulfilled all of the requirements in the case, the Board closed the complaint. After the lawsuit concerning his weight loss products, McGraw was sued again, this time by Deepak and Satish Kalpoe concerning an interview they did with him about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The two brothers said that their interview was “manipulated and later broadcast as being accurate.” Then in 2008, Dr. Phil came under fire again when he visited Britney Spears in her hospital room following her infamous breakdown. “Rather than helping the family’s situation, the celebrity psychologist caused additional damage,” the Spears’ family rep Lou Taylor said.

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