Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at Pepperdine University, joins Dr. Phil. They discuss the similarities in the personalities of Marcus Wesson, Brian David Mitchell and Phillip Garrido:
“In every one of these situations, there is a highly authoritative personality,” Dr. Phil says. “They often use religion. They often use isolation, no education whatsoever, and there is a constant threat and danger to their family and loved ones.”
Dr. Phil points out that the Wesson, Mitchell and Garrido stories are extreme cases, but there may be people right now who are in families or relationships that involve these attributes, and people should be wary.
Dr. Bryant-Davis agrees. “That’s why this show is so critical, for us to be tuned into the warning signs, that initially it may look like â€˜Oh, this person just cares about me, they want to know where I am all the time, they don’t want me out of their sight,’ and that peace just escalates until you find yourself totally isolated,” she says.