Dr Phil: Hunter’s Fantasy World
Hunter’s mother Laura is very concerned about her son. For the last 13 years he has been creating fantasy worlds to escape from reality. Some of them are out of this world, like his professional wrestler career, and some are pretty realistic. He once created a fake job at a restaurant, made a name tag and had a uniform. It took a month for his mother to confront him about not having the job.
Dr Phil: Effects Of Losing a Father Figure
Hunter said his fantasies started when he was seven. His father left and he wanted to create the perfect father to make himself feel better. Dr Phil said this was a very psychiatrist description of what he was doing. He thinks that Hunter is a con man that won’t own up to his problems.
Hunter said that he created a huge series of lies to keep his girlfriend around. He told her he was a multi-million dollar CEO. He stole one of his mother’s credit cards and ran up a $5,000 bill. He then lied to his girlfriend and said he was in a horrible car accident. He downloaded mp3’s of heart monitor sounds and pretended to have a tube in his mouth. He wanted to trick her into staying because he was afraid she would leave him.
Dr Phil: Tough Love For Hunter
Hunter said he doesn’t know how to stop lying. Dr Phil didn’t buy his sob story and thinks that his mother is his biggest enabler. He told Hunter and his mother that they are both pretending there is no problem. Hunter said he thought Dr Phil would help him, but he was just criticizing him.
I think Dr Phil wanted to shake some sense into Hunter. Hunter’s mind is trapped in a fantasy world and it’s true that his mom is enabling him. She was waiting for him to change on his own. I think Dr Phil’s tough love approach could help.