"Early childhood experience where there's a wound has to be repaired in a relationship in adulthood with somebody similar to your parents," he told Oprah at the time. He went on to say that you can get over your past, but only if you work on it.
Oprah says that show changed her relationship with Stedman and that she wouldn't even be with him today if she had not had Dr. Hendrix on the show. "I stopped trying to get [Stedman] to be anything other than who he was, because I realized we both were bringing things from our childhood into the relationship to be healed," Oprah says today. "Over the years, that's been really, really key to our relationship building."