Dr. Laura

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  1. Lisa in WA

    Lisa in WA Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Do many of you listen to her on the radio or read her books? I think she has good, sound advice to offer and her books, "10 Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives" (and the one for men too) should be given to young women at age 18 by their parents.
     
  2. Brighid1971

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    I've heard of her and have listened to her once or twice to see what the "hub bub" was about but I'm not a fan :) What's the book about?
     

  3. hisenthlay

    hisenthlay a.k.a. hyzenthlay

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    I think she sometimes has good advice--I often agree with everything she has to say--but she delivers it in such a totally obnoxious way (on the radio) that I just can't take too much of it. I feel bad for the people who call into her show, because she's so harsh (I mean, I like no-nonsense, but she's just a bully!). But then again, I think these people must've known what they were getting into when they called. It's almost ironic--her show is catered to people who make bad decisions in their lives, often getting into relationships with abusers, and those are the exact people who would make the decision to call Dr. Laura for some nationwide public abuse, and then "Dr." Laura lays into them for loving abusers and not thinking enough of themselves! I guess it makes her job easier, because she can know right off the bat one character flaw that (almost) all of her callers will have!

    Oh, and the "I'm my kids' mom" thing drives me nuts. I mean, it's a fine sentiment, but just DO it already--don't go around announcing it to the whole world like some kind of holier-than-thou sap.

    Sorry about the mini rant--I don't usually respond negatively to threads on here, but she just pushes my buttons!

    p.s. I got my mom that book as a gift one year, and she refused to read it because she was offended by the title. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar....
     
  4. frogmammy

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    Wasn't Dr Laura the one who's mother lay dead for a week before anyone found her? Heard the Dr wasn't interested, fell out with her mother years before.

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  5. dunroven

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    I love to listen to Dr. Laura. She does point out everything that the people that call in do wrong. Sometimes what she says I think could be put in another way, but she is right. People tiptoe around the truth so much which is why things are the way they are today, "Oh don't say that, you'll offend someone." I agree with her so many times. We NEED to say, I'm my Kids mom, with so many people out there not feeling guilt for NOT being their kids mom. Some people just have kids as a way to say, "Yeah, I had kids, now I'm complete." Instead of loving the kids, so I think that is why she says it that way.

    Anyway, I read Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands. Loved it. It has helped a lot in my marriage. I think if you are able to get your hands on her books, take the time to read them, and pay attention to what they say, lots of changes can be made to make homes happier. Sort of like the Surrendered Wife lady too. Anyone follow her?
     
  6. MOJILL

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    I used to listen to her here in St. Louis radio but they got rid of her. I liked her. Sometimes she'd be a little extreme for my taste - - and sometimes I felt her advice was outright wrong.

    But she is fairly consistent - - - and doesn't beat around the bush on her advise.

    Jill
     
  7. RedneckWoman

    RedneckWoman Well-Known Member

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    Is that the same Dr Laura that used to harp about porn but had 101 nudies of her floating around?
     
  8. freeinalaska

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    I don't like her. The last time I listened to her I felt she was way, way off base with her advice. I would not give her book to my kids. I am happy for those who have benefited from her advice. My distaste for her is my opinion.
     
  9. Sgt.Sausage

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    She's got an attitude from h3ll, and comes off as extremely hypocritical, condescending, and "holier than thou". I guess if you like that sort of thing, she's alright.
     
  10. COUNTRY WISHES

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    I listened to her "Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" on tape shortly fter I got married. It was on sale and I thought why not. Some of what she said on there was solid advice and made sense there where other parts that seemed over the top and likely not how she herself conducted her life.

    The piece of advice that I do really try to incorporate into my marriage is to be mindful of my DH's ego. I do agree that it is important for a man to have a good sense of himself and that he is a strong man and a good provider. It is part of my job as his life partner to be his cheerleader and to give my best effort to build him up rather than tear him down.
     
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    She used to be a Big Thing, but nowdays you can't even find her on the radio anymore, in this area. I seem to recall she got in Big Trouble with gay groups, she called them "defective" or something like that, and they started a big boycott and protest over her.
    I would listen sometimes, I agreed with some of her ideas, but she was very shrill and self-righteous. I think the main thing I agreed with her about was for adults to put the welfare of children above their own selfish wants and needs. She was a strong children's advocate.
     
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    Her "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" is absolutely THE most priceless book ever. I wish that every single woman in the world who is, was or ever shall be a wife, would read it. The divorce rate would plummet.

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    Yes, one of Dr. Laura's philosophies is to "try" to keep things civil, but at some point you must remove yourself from a toxic relationship. You give the other person many chances to come around, but if they insist on trying to make your life a living hell, you have little choice but to remove yourself. I have never heard this to be true, but I assume that the problem was probably due to Dr. Laura's conversion to Judaism. For all we know, it could have been her mother's decision to disown Laura, not the other way around.

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  14. Scott in Florida Panhandl

    Scott in Florida Panhandl Well-Known Member

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    Radio Doctors, T.V. Shrinks, etc. It's all just show business. Too many people look for answers to happiness from Oprah, Dr.Phil, etc.JMHO :shrug:
     
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    Funny, that is the only part of her philosophy that I don't agree with. LOL

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    you can get a membership (for a modest fee) on her website www.drlaura.com where you can hear all of her broadcasts (podcasts). It's very hard for me to be available to hear her show when it is on the radio so I am going to join very soon.

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  17. tiogacounty

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    The same one with dear ole' Mom turning to compost? Yep, that's superwoman herself. I can't imagine anybody taking her seriously. Possibly the most arrogant, opinionated and egotistical "expert" I have ever heard. Nothing like somebody who is far from perfect, yet makes enormous amounts of money telling average caller what a loser they are. What's the passage about casting the first stone? Typical ultra-conservative righty BSer. Preaching about the failures of others who don't meet their standards, but have one heck of a full closet. Remember what Rush said about killing all the drug addicts? I guess we shouldn't be suprised that he didn't count himself on the list. Bennett writing books about how our society is a failure while indulging in his gambling addiction. DeLay and his righteous indignation over Clinton's lack of ethics, while lobbying to protect the sex trade in Saipan? And the list goes on and on and on.........
     
  18. Pony

    Pony STILL not Alice Supporter

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    Actually, it was her mother who chose not to have a relationship with her daughter, despite many very generous and large attempts to connect. And yes, the mother lay dead for quite a bit more than a week because she had alienated everyone in her life and had no friends.

    Some people are like that. They push people away, even their own children. One does not become a warm and caring human being simply by virtue of having given birth.

    I share a similar history, and it was the impetus that got me involved in the helping professions. In my experience, the best helpers are the ones who know what it is like to need help. It's easier to get directions from someone who has been down the same road and knows the terrain.

    Pony!
     
  19. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    A person can make all the mistakes in the universe and that does not mean that he/she cannot realize the error of her ways and be forgiven. Isn't that what the whole Jesus thing is about? Judging people for misakes they have made in the past has nothing to do with who they are today. Maybe she is working "extra, extra" hard to try to help people from making the same misakes she has made along the way.

    Either way. Her advice is good, solid and useful. I am not the same rash person I was at 20, and most probably neither are you. Would you like people judging the person you are TODAY by things that you did 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago? I think not.

    donsgal