Dr. Joyce Brothers, a popular psychologist who died Monday, May 13, has been described by CNN as having “a reassuring and calming demeanor” that boosted her self-titled local talk show to syndication in the 1960s.
Dr. Brothers’ affable personality and willingness to talk publicly about taboo subjects such as marriage, relationships, and families made her a household name for decades.
According to NBC News: “Her television show would soon make her a pop culture fixture. She made nearly 100 appearances on Johnny Carson’s ‘The Tonight Show.’ Her frequent public appearances propelled her to become one of the most admired women in America, appearing on Gallup’s list of most admired American women.”
Here are five insights on communication and media from Brothers:
Years ago, not everyone jumped on the media psychologist bandwagon. Remember, this was a time when married couples on TV were sleeping in separate beds. The word “pregnant” wasn’t uttered on TV, either.