A few words about book's author
Dr. Phil McGraw is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters; Relationship Rescue: A Seven-Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner; Self Matters: Creating Your Life From the Inside Out; The Ultimate Weight Solution: The Seven Keys to Weight Loss Freedom, and his most recent book, Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Ultimate Weight Solution Coookbook: Recipes For Weight Loss Freedom as well as The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide. His books have been published in 37 languages with over 22 million copies in print. Dr. Phil has a B.S, M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from North Texas State University with a dual area of emphasis in clinical and behavioral medicine. He has been a board-certified and licensed clinical psychologist since 1978, and appears on his nationally syndicated daily one-hour series, Dr. Phil. He lives in Los Angeles with Robin, his wife of 28 years, and their two sons, Jay and Jordan.
Many self-help authors have launched their careers via the beneficence of Oprah Winfrey, but only Phillip C. McGraw was able to parlay the talk show queens admiration into a weekly friendly takeover of her show, near-guaranteed bestsellerdom, and, finally, his own talk show. Hes gotten so much attention as Dr. Phil (a.k.a. Tell It like It Is Phil) that hes moved from Texas to Hollywood and even guested with his fictional peer on NBCs Frasier. McGraw delivers unapologetic, no-nonsense advice in a tough but colorful down-home twang — hence his Tell It like It Is moniker. That old psychological bugaboo, denial, is chief among his enemies; and bluntness is his forte, whether he is exhorting someone to get real or demanding to know, What were you thinkin? In short, Hes like your mama, without hair, as fellow psychologist Robert Butterworth told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. McGraw isnt unsympathetic, but he is realistic. As he told Barnes & Noble.com, I am here to tell people how the world works, not how I think it should be or how you wish it would be, but how it is. McGraw met Oprah when he was hired to coach her in a suit by cattle ranchers for her alleged defamation of the beef industry. Oprah won the case, and it wasnt long before Dr. Phil was a regular feature on her show, challenging her guests in the same way he challenges his readers. Though McGraws style is quick and to the point, he does what many good personal therapists do: He asks difficult questions and encourages people to answer them with painful honesty. He also does what many therapists do not: He avoids emphasis on introspection about the circumstances and history that can contribute to a persons problems. Whether the cards youve been dealt are good or bad, youre in charge of yourself now, he writes as part of Life Law #2: You create your own experience in his first, still-popular book, Life Strategies. McGraws sports-coach approach has also appealed to couples seeking help in revitalizing tired marriages or fixing troubled relationships. The year after publishing 1999s Life Strategies, McGraw released Relationship Rescue, offering a seven-step plan for imperiled unions (one key word: renegotiate). Most recently, McGraw devoted special attention to those who are simply going through the motions, whether at work or at home. His Self Matters encourages readers to literally take an inventory of their lives, discover their authentic selves, and redirect their courses accordingly. He harangues, he prods, and sometimes he makes people uncomfortable — but darned if he doesnt get them to see things in a different way than they did before. Good To Know
He has been married to his wife, Robin, for 26 years. They have two sons, 23-year-old Jay and 16-year-old Jordan. McGraw has told Good Housekeeping that he doesnt feel pressure to have a perfect marriage because of his public image. But, he adds, My wife is an amazing woman. We have a great marriage because she wont have it any other way. After getting his doctorate, McGraw went into private practice; but when it came to the point that I really had to admit I didnt like what I was doing, that was a gut check because I was making an awful lot of money doing it, he told CNN in 2001. So he quit the practice in 1989 and co-founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a legal consultancy that conducts mock trials, behavioral analysis, jury selection, and mediation.