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    I work from home a lot. COVID got me into the habit and I find it's relaxing. I often keep some kind of mindless TV on in the background and I find that Dr. Phil is about as mindless as anything.

    I'm watching a rerun of an older woman who has been catfished out of a quarter of a million dollars.

    Basically, she has fallen in love with a fictional character, a voice in the dark, who claims to love her but needs this and that...

    Phil has done a lot of these. He seems to have no difficulty finding lonely older women who are desperate for love and attention.

    Dr. Phil has little trouble debunking the source and proving they don't exist.

    It's truly sad and when you get over the screaming phase "You idiot!", it's hard not to feel sorry for these lonely people who are so easily separated from their savings.

    This one has even pushed her own daughters away because she doesn't want to hear that she's being scammed. She has pushed away genuine love in favor of a fiction. It's the worst kind of desperation.
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    Worst kind of desperation? Watching Dr. Phil.

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    yeah, i can't imagine the scenario in which i would leave that on for more than on syllable out of that peckerhead's mouth.

    maybe if i were in prison. for life. in a cell with no window.

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    There is a documentary series on the BeeB - For Love or Money that helps victims come to terms with their experience.

    The Scammers are really good at what they do, faking passports and so on.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    yeah, i can't imagine the scenario in which i would leave that on for more than on syllable out of that peckerhead's mouth.

    maybe if i were in prison. for life. in a cell with no window.
    just shoot me now
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    they don't let you keep your guns in prison

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    Funny, guys. Your compassion for these people brings tears to my eyes.
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    I can’t imaging being charming enough for someone to give me money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    Funny, guys. Your compassion for these people brings tears to my eyes.
    i dunno. people go on the show for their own reasons. personal healing can't be one of them. being full of **** probably helps get on.

    i gathered somehow that the "cash me outside, howbou' da?" girl is worth some ludicrous amount, on the basis of a contentious appearance on a daytime freak show.

    i do not believe one word out of anyone's mouth on the teevee.

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    I thought catfishing involved drinking beer all night while checking limb hooks and trotlines and maybe chasing milk jugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I thought catfishing involved drinking beer all night while checking limb hooks and trotlines and maybe chasing milk jugs.
    You need to get out more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    You need to get out more.
    Doing that requires being out and involves boats.

    I've never watched Dr. Phil, but that seems to involve being in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter;[URL="tel:6733464"
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    i do not believe one word out of anyone's mouth on the teevee.
    It’s all scripted.

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    yes, though the script is unwritten. anyone who watches enough reality talk can write their own part. how bou da.

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    Actually, Dr. Phil had to surrender his license to practice therapy after an "inappropriate relationship with a former patient." I think that's how Wikipedia phrased it.

    If you go back, the earlier shows had some sound common-sense advice, but he has become much more of a huckster in recent years.

    Then there is the conflict of interest where you are trying to do therapy for ratings.

    Still, the problem exists. I find it disturbing that there are older people out there who are so easily misled and I hope you keep an eye and ear on those you know. Failing mental powers can leave a person defenseless. That was the point of the posting.
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    Thanks, Oprah, for Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz
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    I would rather shave my head with a cheese grater than listen to Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    I would rather shave my head with a cheese grater than listen to Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz.
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    I'm not watching dr Phil, not even from a prison cell with no windows.
    Wait, there are no prison cells with windows


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I'm not watching dr Phil, not even from a prison cell with no windows.
    Wait, there are no prison cells with window
    The ones I've been in have little slit windows designed just to give you enough "hope" to make you hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    The ones I've been in have little slit windows designed just to give you enough "hope" to make you hurt.
    I'm betting that was jail, not prison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I'm betting that was jail, not prison
    Both

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