Joy Browne is given a run for her money when a fellow psychologist calls in and questions her approach with a Facebook user’s story. A woman posted that, basically, her husband of 31 years had the gall to tell her he loves her “because she’s the mother of his kids, not because he’s in love with her.” What angered the therapist caller was that Joy told the woman that she shouldn’t even bother with him and accept that he plain-and-simply doesn’t love her any more. She went as far as to say that the woman’s “not ready” to date.
The guy who called introduced himself as a therapist as well who worked with married couples, and he said that Joy was too quick to label the woman’s marriage as hopeless (not in those very words). He said what sounded like – men that age often feel love differently than before and need to be explained this, rather than left by their wives. Joy said she figured the guy already had a foot out the door and that’s not a sign of a relationship that need be worked on – better to just leave.
It was a heck of an episode to tune in for. They were also asking people on Facebook to share their least favorite movies (for me – Terms of Endearment). Both Joy and her co-host/assistant had admitted not to like nor understand Sarah Silverman. She’s apparently dirty, etc. But the assistant guy said he liked Anna Faris, Joan Rivers, etc. This much Browne had agreed with.
Joy can be reached through Twitter or Facebook. She’s a prominent and respected psychologist; her show’s the longest running “in its kind of syndication” and airs on over 100 stations across the country. Agree or disagree with her – she’s there for you when you need her. Impulsive or not to give advice such as whether a woman is ready to date again after a possible end to a 31-year marriage is debatable. Comment away!