Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but a critic is charging that famed relationship guru John Gray has credentials from the twilight zone.

Dr. John Gray’s phenomenally best-selling book has spawned a mini-industry in the ten years since it was published, and Gray is a highly paid speaker and “expert” who holds forth on shows such as “Nightline.” But now there are charges that the “doctor” isn’t a doctor at all.

“Some might think that John Gray is trained in psychology and/or counseling, but instead he has degrees in Eastern Philosophy and they are hardly Ivy League,” reports, which goes on to say that Gray’s PhDs, as well as his MA and BA, were honorary or from non-accredited universities or “worthless” documents from “diploma mills.” And that, apparently, brings his membership in various professional organizations into question.

And his work seemed so scholarly, too. Next thing they’ll tell me is that Dr. Seuss really didn’t graduate med school.

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  1. Steven says:

    And Dr. Laura’s Ph.D. is in anatomy and physiology.

    At least “Nova Southeastern” wasn’t mentioned…

  2. James Joyner says:

    Or TSU’s University College 😉

  3. melvin toast says:

    In my experience, if you’re taking advice strictly on the
    basis of a degree you’re probably headed for a train wreck.

  4. SwampWoman says:

    I am sooooooo disillusioned! Next you will be telling me that the world’s richest man is a college drop out and doesn’t even have a degree in finance!

  5. Curious says:

    So why did Mr. Gray feel compel to use such credentials? It’s not that what he has to say might not be sound, but the “fake” credentials sounds like something from the Music Man!