Dr. Phil's KTHV Interview

On a recent visit to Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Phil stopped by the KTHV studios where anchor Dawn Scott asked him a series of questions from the Proust Questionnaire, designed to delve into its subject's thoughts, values and experiences. Learn more about Dr. Phil, from his greatest fear to his greatest extravagance and love of his life.

 

Dawn Scott: What is your current state of mind?


Dr. Phil: My current state of mind is very peaceful. I'm traveling with my wife. We're having a good time, so I'm very peaceful right now.


DS: What's your idea of perfect happiness?


DP: Perfect happiness would be living somewhere where I could be with my wife, be with my dog and see my kids from a distance, but not too far away. Because you never quit parenting, you just, kind of, want to see how they're doing across town.

 

DS: What is your greatest fear?

DP: My greatest fear is that something would happen to one of my children. Yeah, something happens to one of my kids, you're going to have to take me to the dump.


DS: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


DP: Impatience. Hurry up. Give me another question! No, I'm just kidding. Impatience " I want everything done yesterday by noon from myself and from everybody else. Definitely impatience.


DS: What is the trait you most deplore in others?


DP: Probably a lack of focus. You know, you either get it or you don't. And when you see people that just don't get it " they're just not on task, they're just not focused, and they just don't create their own experience " all I want is to shake ‘em and say, ‘Wake up.'


DS: What is your greatest extravagance, Dr. Phil?


DP: Oh wow, my greatest extravagance, probably the time I devote to tennis, because I play what? Seven, eight times a week. I mean, I love playing; I love competing. I've been a jock all my life. I put a lot of time into that to not be very good.

DS: On what occasion do you lie?


DP: I lie if I think it will spare somebody's feelings. Because I think there is a difference between being genuine and being brutally honest. So I'll, kind of, be genuine in getting things in the right direction, but I'll stop short of being brutally honest, if I think it's really going to hurt somebody.

DS: What do you dislike most about your appearance?

DP: Oh, about my appearance? I don't stand up straight all the time. And I get in trouble because I don't put my shoulders back all the time. You'd probably think I was going to say being bald, didn't you? Is this one of the times you lie?


DS: I didn't think that at all.


DP: See, I know how to tell if somebody is lying, and I'm looking right at you right now. You know, I read a survey the other day that said 70 percent of men would rather amputate any part, some part of their body, than go bald.


DS: Really?

DP: Yeah. You ain't cuttin' a damn thing off of me. I'd just stay bald. I mean, I would. But I need to stand up straighter. I, kind of, hunch over.

DS: What or who is the greatest love of your life?


DP: Oh, clearly my wife. We've been together for going on 36 years now. And I can honestly say 36 years into the mission, if we weren't married right now, I would get up, leave this interview, go find her, and ask her.


DS: Favorite movie?


DP: Favorite movie, To Kill a Mockingbird.


DS: Favorite book?


DP: To Kill a Mockingbird.

 
DS: What do you consider your greatest achievement?


DP: My greatest achievement can be found in my two boys, Jay and Jordan. I think they are wonderful young men. I think they are great citizens. And, I think they are both very loving and caring in different ways, but very loving and caring. I'm proud of how they turned out. And I had a little help from my wife.


DS: Any regrets?


DP: Working too much. You know, I think I need to love … I think I need to work less and love more. In bringing up my kids and family, but I think all and all, I have matured over the years. And I'm getting better at it as each day goes by.


DS: Any talent you would most like to have?


DP: I'd love to sing. I wish I could sing. I tell you, if I could be a rocker dude, I'd be out of here!


DS: You're out of here?


DP: I'm out of here. I'm gone. I'd be right there; I'd be, like, 70 years old like Mick Jagger, playing with The Stones, if I could. If I could sing or play an instrument " anything "  I'd love to do it.


DS: What's your motto?


DP: My motto is: Winners do things losers don't want to do.