After watching a show about emotionally abusive relationships
, Max, a DJ on a Chicago radio station, realized that he'd been emotionally abusing his wife, Christine. He contacted Oprah
, who set him up with Dr. Steven Stosny, the founder of one of the country's most successful programs for emotionally abusive men.
In 30 hours of intense therapy over three days, Max had a "light bulb moment." He realized, "I'm trying to criticize my wife into being a better person and how ridiculous that is." He and Dr. Stosny investigated many issues in Max's past, including his interaction with his parents and interaction today with his own children.