The book explores the 'judge and jury-style' Dr. Phil show to illustrate how mainstream psychology inadvertently shames people, ignores issues of diversity, and leaves them thinking there is something 'wrong' with them.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2013
This latest misstep from the Dr. Phil team exposes the pop psychologists approach to dealing with serious issues facing our nation—including sex, bigotry, self-image, health, and interpersonal relationships. And in our sound bite society, Dr. Phil's counsel can leave people feeling ashamed, unseen, and unsupported.
In his new book, counselor, educator and former attorney David Bedrick soundly debunks many standard protocols and "fixes" arguing that uncovering the roots of the feelings and behaviors that disturb us is what actually allows us to heal, become healthy, and even thrive, and that one's difficulties can be the very seeds of their own unique healing, power and intelligence.
In the words of author and Dr. Julie Diamond, "Bedrick isn’t talking back just to Dr. Phil but to a whole century of normative psychology, an approach to mental health that has more to do with socialization than with well-being."
Talking Back to Dr. Phil tackles:
Body Image and Weight Loss - By trusting the body's silent messages to the psyche, the source of unhealthy eating patterns can be addressed and healed.
Addiction - Looking at addictive substances as allies can help patients confront the unmet needs that keep them in the cycle of addiction.
Domestic Abuse - Helping victims of violence who are too often shamed by a culture fixated on appearing happy and denying pain.
Bigotry - By examining how despised traits in others are actually reflections of what we hate in ourselves, meaningful change becomes possible.
About the Author
David Bedrick JD, Dipl. PW, spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix and taught courses for the US Navy, 3M, the American Society of Training and Development, the Process Work Institute, and psychological associations. An expert in counseling individuals and couples, Bedrick focused on domestic relations and family law, as well as women's empowerment, children's rights and more.
Bedrick is a sought after expert on the topics of shame, trauma, cultural and sexual identity, stereotyping, and more. He blogs for 'Psychology Today' and 'The Huffington Post' and has received numerous awards for teaching, employee development and legal services to the community.