Born in 1950 in Vinita, Oklahoma, Dr. Phil McGraw has become a prominent fixture on Television and other mass media sources as a strong proponent of human potential. He has provoked millions of people to "get real" with regard to their behavior so that they may go on to lead positive lives. While in college, McGraw first considered a football career after receiving a football scholarship at the University of Tulsa. These hopes were dashed however after he received a head and neck injury while playing.
Upon graduating from college, McGraw went on to complete a Master's degree in experimental psychology and then earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Texas. After gaining his education, McGraw went into practice with his father, and while he found success here, he admitted after many years that he wasn't happy with the way his life had taken shape and soon changed career paths entirely.
It was when Oprah Winfrey met McGraw in 1996, that the man we now know simply as Dr. Phil came to international stardom. The two met during Winfrey's court battle against a group of cattlemen that accused her of fraud, slander and defamation. McGraw at the time was part of a group of lawyers that were defending her, and it was soon after this that their relationship led to Phil becoming Oprah's resident on human behavior. His popularity proved so massive that his own nationally syndicated television show which began in 2002 now garners ratings second only to Oprah's. He is now one of the world's most sought-after speakers, and publishes several scholarly articles on a regular basis. McGraw currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Robin and their two sons.
If you would like a place to start with Phil McGraw's work, you may wish to begin with "Dr Phil Getting Real". Utilizing his trademark "tell-it-like-it-is" style, McGraw presents an enlightening and entertaining workshop on how to "get real" in relationships and in life. He explains how to live by design, as opposed to living reactively, and urges you to "step out of the comfort zone" by evaluating everything in your life based on whether it's working or not.
If you are interested in more, there's "Life Strategies", in which you'll learn the 10 Laws of Life you need to know in order to be honest with yourself, take control of your life, and take hold of the reigns that control your destiny.
Finally there's "The Ultimate Weight Solution", which promises to change the way you behave and think about food, weight loss, and, ultimately, yourself. Here McGraw delivers an action-oriented plan to give you immediate results. You'll get the real reasons you've lost control of your weight, with tools to identify what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, and why you eat when you don't want to. Whether you are familiar with McGraw from television or want to know what all the hype is about, we have everything available on audio by Dr. Phil McGraw.