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17 Jan 2006

Dr Phil's view on psychopaths & Serial killers
I read this the other day on "what's new" on Amazing that this dr can so so may things and do not think about the consequences of his words
For ex:
· When McGraw hosted his "Family First" prime time special on September 22, 2004, on CBS, he examined social problems based in family issues. In particular, he looked at how someone might unknowingly raise a criminal. He informed the parents, who had come to him with a nine-year-old son whom they could not control, that the boy exhibited "nine of the fourteen traits common to serial killers." To add emphasis, he said that Jeffrey Dahmer only had seven.
McGraw reassured the horrified parents that this did not mean their child would actually become a killer, but there had to be some intervention. They would have to make sacrifices to spend more time with the child and achieve a healthier balance.
This show was controversial for many reasons. First, to tell parents on national television that they're possibly raising a killer is startling and disturbing in its potential for humiliation. (Ann Hulbert, in a review of McGraw's book, calls him "abusive.") Then, to ignore all the work done on psychopathy and serial killers in order to offer simplistic solutions appeared to criminologists to be strikingly ignorant.
But the this program is for entertainment not therapy

Schocking isn't it?
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01 Jan 0001

It sounds wickedly irresponsible, and psychbabbly pretending to be based on science. There are no such 14 traits intended to be used in that scoring way, and that would have been an appallingly unhelpful and cruel thing to say to the parents. Watch, by contrast, the brilliant BBC series Teen Angels on DSTV channel 40 --- and see how they solve such problems without that showing off, pretentious and bumptious stuff ! I dont know the reviw you quote, but this sort of fake-therapy on national TV would surely be genuinely abusive.
Entertainment is fine --- but when someone who keeps reminding us he is a trained psych, and who appears to be quoting science rather than thumb-such hunches, that's irresponsible. HE is the arch exploiter of vulnerable people in such shows.
I wonder how many of the 14 traits he shows ? Inquiring minds want to know !
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