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“Dr. Phil” (Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.) is the host of America’s number-one daytime talk show and is perhaps the most well-known expert in the field of psychology and human functioning in the world today. In his 16th year on television and his 11th year of the Dr. Phil show, he has devoted his international platform to delivering common sense information to individuals and families seeking to improve their lives. Passionately pursuing such topics as family functioning, domestic violence, anti-bullying, addiction and the myths of mental illness, he works tirelessly both on and off the air. Dr. Phil has carried his message from the senate chambers of Washington, D.C. to the suburbs and inner cities across America. He and Robin, his wife of 38 years and counting, along with their “wonder dog,” Maggie, reside in Southern California, as do his two sons, Jordan and Jay, along with daughter-in-law, Erica, and two grandchildren, Avery Elizabeth and London Phillip.
Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D., has worked in the field of human functioning and strategic life planning for over twenty years. Dr. McGraw is co-founder and president of Courtroom Sciences, Inc., America's leading litigation consulting firm, and has been associated with some of the highest-profile cases in the country, including Oprah's highly publicized "Mad Cow" case. A professional psychologist, he appears regularly on Oprah as her resident expert on human functioning. He lives in Dallas.
I have always been a fan of Dr Phil's. When I heard him discussing this book I had to have it. When i began to read it I could not put it down, it is full of wisdom and toughen up tips. I have alway been a softer sided personality but recently began to realize that in the world we live in today you have to become tougher in order to succeed. Dr Phil has put a wealth of knowledge into this book and I highly recommend it to everyone who is trying to understand the changes that have taken place in our world over the past few decades. People are not the same, they have become aggressive, self-seeking, self-absorbed and at times rude, crude and malicious. Back in the old days people were softer, more christian-like, caring, compassionate, giving and self-sacrificing. The world is totally different now and I agree with much of what Dr Phil says however I refuse to become like those who are tough and selfish in their ways. I do have a better understanding of how they operate and why they do what they do I am on to their game plans now because of Dr Phil's wisdom and I realize he is a tough Virgo who is set in Virgoan ways and not as soft as other signs of the zodiac so I take his advice and apply it to myself gleaning the nuggets of wisdom within and absorbing them. I do not live a clone of Dr Phil, I do utilize his wisdom though. As most of you know, I write my reviews based on the actual book and its content, I share the words written within so you can have a greater view of what is not shared on the previews. The following information is directly from the book, enjoy!
He says Success is created and I believe it is .Read more ›
This book is truly an eye opener. As I read it I can see so many interpersonal mistakes I've made in trusting the wrong people when all the signs were right in front of me. When he says we shouldn't give people the benefit of the doubt it makes a world of sense in the times were are living in. It's a totally different ball game and we have to be aware of the signs to look for to keep ourselves safe financially, socially and emotionally. And how to use the rules not only to defend ourselves, but take the winning stand of situations.
And true to Dr. Phil style...he says it like it is ....irreverent and politically incorrect! I LOVED IT!
The cd version of this audio book is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. Besides Dr. Phil's excellent presentation of the material, really good examples he gives in each section, the cd audio book is put together unlike any other audio book I have listen to. If you want to get to a specific track of the cd audio book fast, Dr. Phil mentions what topic he is going to talk about at the beginning of the each track and sticks to that subject in that track. I can rapidly move through the tracks and know exactly what will be spoken about - which lessen's the amount of time when you are trying to find a particular subject in the cd audio book. Excellent, well done Dr. Phil !!
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I thought this book had some interesting lessons. I can be too trusting at times. I have been screwed over and naive at times. But I have learned and grown and become stronger from these lessons. I have become more confident after these experiences and then chose better people in my life the next time. I'm not sure that adopting this attitude will bring me happiness and peace - my ultimate goal. I think the best way to prevent getting taken is to value yourself more and become more confident. Having a pessimistic attitude like this doesn't contribute to a good character. And it IS good character that protects and elevates you in the long run. I don't like the idea of expecting the worst of everyone and being paranoid. I don't think it is the answer. Also, it seems like a lot of unrelated things were thrown into this book. It was all over the place. I don't want to live in fear. I want to attract people to me with good character. If I go around being negative and looking for the worst in everyone, that is what I will attract. I don't know if the cynicism is necessary. So what I take away is that the world is corrupt now so you have to be a little corrupt too in order to "win". Some of the things said in this book just rubbed me the wrong way. For example: You should mention to a lady that is possibly trying to steal your husband that he doesn't like large thighs in order to shake her confidence. That way she will back off and think twice about stealing your husband? Really? So much in this book just doesn't feel right to me. There are some truths, but overall, I don't like it. I actually wish I had not read it. I just read this quote and think this sums up why I do not like the book: "We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace.Read more ›
This book resonates with something I had been noticing on my own. The more I strive to be considerate and kind toward people I care about (or anyone for that matter) - the more misery I seem to get in return. I am NOT weak or a doormat, but sadly people inevitably find that out the hard way. In the end, it feels like we both lose. Has the world gone mad? What's going on here??
Dr. Phil and his son Jay have also apparently noticed that today's world is different than it used to be. Many people will interpret an 'evolved' Christian way of being as weakness, not strength. And seeing you as 'weak' they will try to take advantage of you in some way or another.
What makes this book unique is that Dr. Phil dares to get you to recognize that this isn't just the occasional 'bad person' that we all run into in life. People all around you - even close to you - are probably gaming your relationship in ways you didn't want to see or believe. We were all taught to give people 'the benefit of the doubt.' We overlook and forgive things in our friends, family members, coworkers, acquaintances and strangers. Unfortunately, we often trust others WAY too much. And we leave ourselves vulnerable in so many ways. We all do it.
This book really opens your eyes to the *reality* of human nature - not the way 'it should be.' It gives many well thought out 'pointers' that will change the way you look at everyone in your life. It will also change the way that you present yourself to others, and the way that you approach life. He artfully persuades those of us who strive to be 'good' to change some of our ways of thinking.
This is truly a very unique, gutsy, insightful, persuasive and brilliant book.