Ask Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil says that Paula, or Pauline, that it "seems like she can hold her own. Besides, he jokes, "the last time England came over here and messed with America, they got a whoopin!"
"No, I don't worry about what I say to people on television, but I do take it very seriously," says Dr. Phil. "I don't think we're doing eight-minute cures up here. We're giving people wake-up calls ... I weigh very carefully everything I say because there are millions of people watching, and some of them are going to act on some of the things I say."
"As a husband, he's the sweetest man in the world. On the show, I think he's brilliant. I've known this man for 30 years and I still am amazed at what he does up here," she says. "But when he comes home, when he walks in the door, he is totally helpless. It's like, 'Where do we keep the ice?'"
"You're just giving money away!" says Dr. Phil. The casinos are raking it in while she squanders cash she can't afford to lose. "The thing that really concerns me is that you feel really drawn to it," he adds. "Don't go." Explaining that he diagnoses her situation as a problem, he suggests that she try not going for six months to see how it feels.
If you want to break this habit, says Dr. Phil, you must behave your way out of it. Identify the payoff you get and replace the blankie with something that can give you the same thing. If the blanket gives you comfort and security, for example, try getting this from your husband. Replace the child stimulus with an adult one, and remember that habits are broken when they're replaced with new behaviors.