February 13, 2018
“Insight is the ability to see and understand why you do the things you do,” Dr. Phil says. “Insight is the number one key to change, because you cannot change what you do not acknowledge.”
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He explains this concept to Dennis, who admits that he has been a “mental and emotional abuser” to women, including to his current girlfriend, Melissa. Dennis, who has been dating Melissa for eight years – even though he’s still married to his wife of 29 years – admits his relationship with Melissa is volatile and filled with physical altercations and infidelity.
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Melissa says she takes responsibility for their rocky relationship and says she believes it’s her fault that Dennis is a cheater.
“Battered women, abused women blame themselves for what goes on in relationships,” Dr. Phil says to Dennis. “You allowing her to feel that way and not disabusing her of those thoughts, exploiting those thoughts, creating those thoughts, fertilizing that, letting that grow, is very toxic.”