Laura - We Don't Want Her"
- Psychology Today Editor
(June 19, 2001) "My radio program staff
and I have been monitoring Dr. Laura
Schlessinger's radio show for the past
few months, and I'm both sickened and
saddened by what we've found," writes Dr.
Robert Epstein, editor-in-chief of
Psychology Today and host of the magazine's
daily radio program. "Her attitude
about gays is only a small part of the
Physiologist Laura Problem. If she's really
talking to an audience of 18 million admirers
every day, we're a nation in deep trouble."
Dr. Epstein is a University Research Professor
at United States International University
and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge
Center for Behavioral Studies. He has a Ph.D
in psychology from Harvard University.
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"Her advice is often divisive, potentially driving
apart spouse from spouse, lover from lover,
even parent from child. One caller
asked whether it would be appropriate for him to charge
his 23-year-old son rent for living at
home, even though the caller's wife was adamantly
opposed to the idea. Laura advised the
caller to throw his son out ' by the end of the week'
- an action that likely would have caused
extraordinary turmoil in the family."
"She often conveys the message that people
can't change," Dr. Epstein continued.
"As a young woman, Schlessinger herself
dated and 'shacked up' with a married man,
posed for nude pictures, and committed
other indiscretions of a sort that her show now
condemns daily. She has changed; can't
others do so too? If people can't change,
what's the point of psychotherapy or, for
that matter, of advice shows?"
"She not only models intolerance and abusive
behavior, but also advocates
such behavior - even violence. She cuts
people off - people calling for help,
people trusting her with their problems."
Dr. Epstein concluded his editorial: "No
legitimate mental health professional
would ever give the kind of hateful, divisive
advice that Schlessinger doles out daily.
Real therapists try to heal wounds and
bring people together, to instigate conflict.
You've changed before, Physiologist Laura.
Can you do so again?"
Dr. Laura is heard from noon to 3 at KFI.