Top Psychologist Heaps Praise On Oprah For Relaxed Interview With Jackson's Kids

One of America's leading child psychologists has applauded OPRAH WINFREY for the way she handled a candid sit down interview with MICHAEL JACKSON's children.
Dr. Fran Walfish, the author of upcoming book The Self-Aware Parent, watched the Oprah special, which aired in America on Monday (08Nov10), and was impressed with what she saw.
Winfrey taped the show with Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, their nieces and nephews and grandparents, Joe and Katherine Jackson, in the garden of the family's Encino, California home.
Walfish tells WENN, "Oprah gets kudos for her choice to interview the children as a sibling group with the support of their grandparents present in their own backyard, versus individually and in front of a studio audience.
"These children suffered the traumatic sudden death of their primary beloved parent - their father. They are now a team who can support each other because they endured something terrible together as a unit.
"Oprah's relaxed style, gentle humour, and approachability helped the kids feel comfortable, or as comfortable as these children could feel given the awkward circumstances. Oprah's questions were appropriate."
But the doctor did spot one thing that concerned her about the chat - Jackson's daughter is growing up too fast.
The talkative 12 year old did the bulk of the chatting while her brothers seemed shy and reluctant to be a part of the interview, and Walfish says, "Paris appears to be a smart young, sincere, articulate, and mature girl. In psychological terms, Paris seems to be pseudo-mature - that's fancy talk for grown-up too young.
"She may have assumed the role of mum to her younger brothers. But she needs to be a kid and enjoy freedom from worry and caregiving while she is still a child."
And Walfish fears Jackson's kids got little positive out of their meeting with Winfrey, adding, "The question must be asked, why did the paternal grandparents decide to go against Michael's wishes and air the children on national TV? There is nothing positive the children could have gotten out of the public airing of this piece.
"They likely would have benefited more from this warm, wonderful exchange with Oprah had it not been viewed by millions of people around the world."


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Typical Oprah!! She used Michael to get large ratings in 1993 then dissed him, along with Lisa Marie and her plastic mother, every chance she got, even after his death. Now she uses anyone at all who had some connection with Michael to gain higher ratings and is quite smug while doing it.Grow up Oprah! Stop being such a bitch. I'm really glad she's going off the air. I used to like her, but her abuse of MJ is SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Where are the editors and proof readers? First off, they (MJ's children) were NOT joined by their nieces and nephews, they were thier cousins. Second, Paris is not the oldest, Prince is, then Paris followed by Blanket. And finally, no matter how well the interview looked to have gone makes one wonder how much is on the cutting room floor. Oprah was wrong for going after Michael's children for an interview, they have been through enough, let them be! Let them have thier memories as a family,these memories are sacred to them, it's part of thier way of remembering thier wonderful, loving father, why is there such a NEED Oprah to "dig" deep in to thier souls? You dug in to Michael's soul during the trials, helping to distroy his good name, I hope you are proud of yourself because, you are the only one who is. You have no idea what the real meaning of L.O.V.E. is, it's not found in a dictionary, it's found in the heart.
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Oprah Winfrey did a horrible job of interviewing the children. She has led people to believe lies and insinuated lies about their father. I don't see how anyone would consider her hypocrisy a good thing. Oprah wants ratings and money...just like Michael said in his song "Anything For Money." If she wants to point the finger at anyone, let her point it at herself. I dont' believe for one minute that she was ever abused or molested, and her spend the night parties with little girls needs to be looked into by the police or children's services. Her obsession with Michael Jackson is obvious and I am sorry if she is a "woman scorned", but how can I say this nicely?...Get Over It. Regarding Oprah, time is passing and it's time for "out with the old and in with the new." Oprah sets a bad example for our children since she is MORBIDLY OBESE. Oprah is not acceptable. I'm not being cruel, I'm telling the truth. Just look at her.
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Wow Kimber I couldn't have said it better myself. I agree.
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The MJ´S children are awsome, but I dont understand how KJ let this interview with the kids. All for money... and Ocra all for ratings...SAD.
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I LOVE YOU CATLADY! YOU SAID IT RIGHT!HOW COULD YOU HAVE RESPECT FOR OPRAH WHEN ALL SHE DID WAS HURT MICHAEL...WE ARE HERE FOR MICHAEL AND WHEN YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON MICHAEL YOU LOOSE RESPECT FROM OTHERS!
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@joyj STANDING OVATION AT YOUR COMMENT!! All of you make great points. Orca is a lying, hypocritical piece of garbage desperate to uplift her sagging, drowning talk show. I feel sorry for the woman. Just like LMP, she is OBSESSED with Michael Jackson and she needs to get a life. How sad.
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This story has Oprah PAYOLA written all over it. Conveniently get a psychologist to come out in support of Oprah's lackluster, insensitive, intrusive style of "interviewing" while making Paris Michael Katherine Jackson (Michael's beautiful daughter) look like an overly mature mess up waiting to happen. F*CK YOU OPRAH. You probably planted this story because Paris politely and eloquently PUT YOU IN YOUR PLACE about her beloved father who is more cherished around the world than you are!! GO TO HELL OPRAH!!
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MICHAEL JACKSON would not approve of having his CHILDREN on national television................
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THIS is only some people opinion , who says that this person is the best psychologist???????? It's only an opinion!!!!!! What research HAS BEEN DONE for proof and by whom???????????MICHAEL JACKSON'S THREE CHILDREN ARE INNOCENT MINORS...............MICHAEL JACKSON WORKED SO HARD TO KEEP HIS THREE CHILDREN AWAY FROM THE MEDIA.........MICHAEL'S MOTHER IS A SWEET PERSON LIKE MICHAEL EASILY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF JUST LIKE SOME PEOPLE DID TO MICHAEL........THIS GRAND-MOTHER LOST HER SON, AND SHE IS GRIEVING..........WHY CAN'T THESE PEOPLE LEAVE KATHERINE JACKSON AND MICHAEL'S THREE CHILDREN ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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