Phil McGraw

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Dr. Phil McGraw

Dr. Phillip C. McGraw (born September 1, 1950) in Vinita, Oklahoma and spent most of his childhood growing up in Oklahoma and Texas. Known popularly as Dr. Phil, McGraw is an American television psychologist. Now hosting the eponymous show, he gained celebrity in no small part due to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. McGraw holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas.

In 2002, he was given his own syndicated daily TV show, Dr. Phil. The format is an advice show, where he tackles a different topic on each show, offering advice for his guests' troubles. Some have likened him to a male Dr. Laura. McGraw has authored a number of self-help books on topics such as relationships and weight loss.

Dr. Phil is noted for his Texas drawl. Some regard advice given by him to be nothing more than carefully disguised invective. However, the style of Dr. Phil's advice is said to prompt the person to "get real," and to confront the issues at hand.

Dr. Phil was parodied on the 35th season of Sesame Street by the character Dr. Feel.

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