Dr. Drew Pinsky (@drdrew) is a celebrity doctor who has been hosting shows — from radio to television to podcasts — for more than 30 years, most well-known for Loveline from 1984 to 2016. His current hosting duties include The Dr. Drew Podcast and The Adam and Dr. Drew Show among many others.
“Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.” -Kent M. Keith
What We Discuss with Dr. Drew:
- How Dr. Drew reaches to the heart of an issue in seconds with his callers by listening with his whole body.
- People who seem to “have it all” are dealing with the same issues as everyone else.
- The difference between how Dr. Drew used to respond to criticism of his work compared to today.
- What experiencing imposter syndrome usually reveals about you.
- How we can spot the behaviors of addiction in others as well as ourselves.
- And much more…
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More About This Show
Dr. Drew — formerly of Loveline, currently hosting The Dr. Drew Podcast and The Adam and Dr. Drew Show among others — is famous for getting the heart of an issue in seconds with people who call him for advice, and he does this by listening with his whole body — not just his ears. In a matter of seconds, he can easily discern between what’s real and what’s bogus — as demonstrated by the time he identified someone with multiple personality disorder live on the air.
“You’re super focused, you’re listening to the vocal prosody, you’re listening to the affect being communicated by that, you’re listening to the words in the story, and then you’re listening to your body’s reaction to it,” says Dr. Drew. “And I could really tell how my body reacted.”
A Host of Problems
But as good as he is at rooting out the source of problems his callers may have, Dr. Drew has caught flak from some for coming up as anything short of a miracle worker. Over the course of his hosting duties for shows like Celebrity Rehab and Teen Mom, he’s been blamed when cast members have died — sometimes years after their episodes have aired.
“I’m not their doctor,” Dr. Drew clarifies. “I spend a day when I host and use my physician skills a little bit to interview them, but I’m not their doctor. I offer myself as a resource to them; I can’t practice medicine across state lines! They’re not my patients. They all have social workers and doctors that take care of them, [but] I need to fix them.”
It’s a bit like being blamed for someone getting a DUI last night because you happened to be their bartender four years ago.
“I used to be exquisitely sensitive to criticism because I wanted to be perfect and do only good!” says Dr. Drew. “I remember when Adam and I wrote our first book. It was just sort of an advice book years ago. And we just wanted to make a difference. We wanted to help. And I remember it was the beginning of Amazon and you were allowed to have comments from readers in your little book section. I was devastated by some of the things people were saying. And what they were saying then was nothing compared to what goes on these days! I mean nothing. And I was so hurt and so upset and so affronted professionally and my reputation had been harmed.
“As a physician, your identity is tied up in doing that job. And so it hurt as a person. Now…you get used to the pummeling.”
“Do Good Anyway”
As Dr. Drew has learned, people will ascribe all sorts of inappropriate motivations to you if you’re in the public eye no matter how hard you’re always trying to do the right thing.
At the end of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, the famed actress and inventor reads a poem by Kent M. Keith that urges us to “do good anyway” even when it seems like the world is against us.
And while Dr. Drew says he’s gotten used to the pummeling, he’s still not immune to it.
“I’m sort of shame-based already,” says Dr. Drew, “and so I always think to myself, ‘What have I done to contribute to this?’ Because I must be doing something to contribute to it. We’re essentially responsible for our reality, and one of the things you can do is look at your own contribution to anything. Sometimes it’s in a very small way; sometimes it’s in a very big way. I just want to make sure I’m not missing something or doing something that I shouldn’t be doing.”
Listen to this episode in its entirety to learn more about what really happens when people are under siege by dissociative disorders, how Dr. Drew keeps from being emotionally deflated by bombastic media backlash and how it differs from the way he used to deal with it, why Dr. Drew still follows his calling to practice medicine in spite of numerous media successes, why self-esteem doesn’t care about success, the difference between mental health and mental wellness, and lots more.
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Resources from This Episode:
- Dr. Drew’s website
- The Dr. Drew Podcast
- The Adam and Dr. Drew Show
- The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Endangering Our Families — and How to Save Them by Drew Pinsky and Dr. S. Mark Young
- The Dr. Drew and Adam Book: A Survival Guide To Life and Love by Adam Carolla, Drew Pinsky M.D., and Marshall Fine
- Dr. Drew at Facebook
- Dr. Drew at YouTube
- Dr. Drew at Twitter
- Dr. Drew ‘Tired of’ Blame for Celeb Rehab Deaths, CBS News
- ‘Dr. Drew’ Show Canceled Days after Host’s Negative Speculation about Hillary Clinton’s Health by Fred Barbash, The Washington Post
- Great Quotation at the End of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story by Robert Oldershaw, Medium
- The Dunning-Kruger Effect Shows Why Some People Think They’re Great Even When Their Work Is Terrible by Mark Murphy, Forbes
- 5 Different Types of Imposter Syndrome (and 5 Ways to Battle Each One) by Melody J. Wilding, The Muse
- Dax Shepard, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Rob Riggle Join the Prostate Cancer Foundation with an Urgent Plea to ‘Save the Males’ for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
- “That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.” -Benjamin Franklin
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