Magazine article Variety

Dr. Phil McGraw

Magazine article Variety

Dr. Phil McGraw

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HOST/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, "DR. PHIL"

"We are all Americans, and we are all in this together"

The election is over. Whether we like the outcome or not, the current focus should be on what each of us can do to make the next four years as good as possible for America. My dad used to say, "Boy, you better spend 5% of your time deciding whether the deal you got is good or bad and 95% of your time deciding how you are going to deal with it." That's advice all of us could put to good use today.

I worry that celebrities (even me, though I don't think of myself as a celebrity) have an outsized impact on public opinion. Being talented in one area does not mean the person has any special insight in another, such as politics. Most of us, for example, could not find Syria on a map with both hands and a flashlight. Most of us cannot give a coherent explanation of the relationship between geopolitics and our economy. I sure can't. So don't look to me for some political deep thinking.

I do, however, know lots about human behavior. I have spent my life studying why humans do what they do and don't do what they don't do. Assuming that our politicians are in fact human, I do have some advice for them: Stop fighting with and trying to trip up the other side, and start trying to do only those things that help people. Stop the games. Stop the obstruction. Stop the chest pounding and the "my party is better than your party" stuff. Stop creating fights with the other side just because they are on the other side. …

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