WTF Podcast

Episode 454 - Phil Stutz

When Hank Azaria was on the show, he told Marc about his therapist, Phil Stutz, and said Marc needed to talk to him. So Marc did. Phil Stutz is often called a “Hollywood Power Therapist” or some other euphemism when he’s profiled in the media, but Marc finds a complicated guy behind the press clippings. Phil talks with Marc about being a prison psychiatrist, developing a new approach to therapy and coping with Parkinson’s disease. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting. 

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  • 19 Comments


Bumper December 20, 2013 at 10:54 am


Going directly from Hank Azaria’s impression to the Doctor himself = brilliant. Like Hank was still there doing the Doc. I’m looking-the-fuck forward to this one!

MG December 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm


Brilliant. The both of you. I was taking notes, pausing and rewinding. Thank you for this—

muhubadub December 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm


one of the best WTFs ever. deep, insightful and still very funny. fantastic interview

Harry Harrison December 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm


Great interview! Marc shows just how insight the doctor is and how insightful he is.

Scott December 21, 2013 at 10:49 am


I have been listening since Break-room Live.

This is my favorite episode of all, in spice of some very stiff competition.

Paul Keenan December 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm


I just bought his book. Thanks

Matt Mungan December 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm


Great episode. Great conversation. Thanks! I love that you’re willing to stray this far from your standard format.

Dee December 22, 2013 at 12:12 am


I’m very impressed by this interview. Great talk.

N December 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm


Marc I don’t know if you read comments but the topics covered in your conversation with Phil Stutz reminded me of a book I read recently; it’s one which I think you in particular would really appreciate: the book is entitled “Wisdom in Love: Kierkegaard and the Ancient Quest for Emotional Integrity” by Rick Anthony Furtak (Notre Dame University Press, 2005); <a>http://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Love-Kierkegaard-Emotional-Integrity/dp/0268028745/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1387745262&sr=1-1</a>here is the amazon page</a>

M.C. December 25, 2013 at 9:51 am


I think Dr. Stutz has confirmed that if anything, you’re an elite amateur, Marc! I’m going to take a look at his book and at Denial of Death. Thanks so much for this episode…

sydney December 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm


just borrowed this book from the library.  This interview was the best out of all the episodes, imo.  Marc, you were so spot on with your insights that Dr. Stutz took notice.  I hope you remember that on days when you are feeling like poop.  You are a beautifully flawed person, Maron.  I’m listening to this episode multiple times, something I never do.

smitty December 29, 2013 at 7:46 am


Marc….  .....except that, I don’t think we’re “inherently selfish animals”.  that’s just a by product of the corporate, capitalist , consumerist; infinite growth lunacy that surrounds us.  studies have been done with babies, and very young children, that show their desire to show compassion and concern[also,this is found in indigenous cultures].  the world is what it is, because of manipulation of thought. most people follow along,and blame the wrong things, and people, for our problems ; meanwhile, a small number of power brokers wield huge influence ,  resulting in a larger, but still relatively small number of people, that act out in sociopathic dysfunction. the end result of which,causing huge amounts of anxiety and apathy, that then gets exploited by the power brokers. it’s also, sadly, very easy to take for granted, how cooperative[in a good non-servile way]we are, because it’s not news worthy.

mandy December 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm


Def the best one I’ve heard so far.  Marc keeps it real <3

mandy December 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm


smitty, well done, and thank you for that insight.  Brilliant, really.

Josh Fuchs December 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm


An entire podcast with a therapist and he never talked about the impact of child abuse on addictive personality, depression, rage, etc.  Consumerism?  Thats why you don’t learn to have impulse control?  Not your parents screams, “no, yes, wait, stop, go here, there, up down, sit, stand, walk, get dressed, clean your room, clean the dishes, do your homework, be a man, love your family.”

No its, “buy starbucks.” thats the big injustice? 

I really love your content Marc, and great as you’ve become at identifying psychological problems, you’ve completely missed the ball on the origin.

Patrick January 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm


This was incredible, thank you!

Seasonal Affective Disorder January 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm


Marc,
Just had to give a sincere nod to your current and impending success (no pressure). Your self awareness and your need for internal evaluation will be a shining beacon to follow for generations of troubled souls for decades to come and all souls face demons at some point. I genuinely appreciate your ability to laugh at the struggle to be a better human being and the way you find meaning in this chaotic mire we call existence. Coming into my 30’s I am starting to understand your apparent view of the importance of interpersonal relationships and being open to the lessons we can learn from those around us. Perhaps we can make this a better world if we are all as open about our mistakes/stories as you and the guests you invite to the show. To see yourself in a neighbor and feel true empathy is a wonderful feeling. Saying ‘FUCK YOU’ to the Void is an equally great feeling. Thanks Marc, for all your hard work.

amc January 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm


I feel so lucky for getting to listen in on this mind-blowing conversation. It could not come at a more perfect time in my life. Marc’s ability to listen so acutely, the helpfulness of the tools, the message of the Higher Force with real life examples… it’s just amazing. I bought the book, along with Denial of Death, and could not be enjoying them more. I’m inspired to make an active effort to make permanent improvements in my life. Thank you Marc for this wonderful resource you’ve shared with us.

sinead May 20, 2014 at 5:42 am


valuable interview. hope many get to listen to it. thanks.