The 5 Questions We Ask Everyone: Dr. Drew

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If it’s one thing we’ve learned here at CC, it’s that all people are fascinating (Yes, even your econ professor). Let’s face it – people love to glimpse into the lives of other people. Disagree? Then please explain why you’re currently looking at your friend’s brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s photos on Facebook. Or reading about the latest Whitney/Jay dramz in this weeks’ tabloids. Yeah we thought so.

Fact is we connect to others by learning about them. And everyone has something to share (even if it a story about an embarassing moment involving you, a banana and your mom). So to give you yet another reason to procrastinate, we started ‘The Five Questions We Ask Everyone’ (and five just for that one person) because we know whether we’re schmoozing with an A- list celeb or your local bartender, you’ll be equally entertained.

Drew Pinsky, better known as Dr. Drew, is the doctor of our generation. From answering outrageous sex questions on Loveline to discussing sex with students and their parents, Dr. Drew has really been our go-to for all things intimate. This man knows it all, which is why we decided to sit down with him to ask a few important questions. Oh, and some not-so-important ones.

5 Questions We Ask Everyone:

1. What is your most hysterical or ridiculous college memory, or the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Once I was part of a group of guys and we stapled a cartoon figure onto a giant clock tower clock, and turned it into a sort-of Mickey Mouse clock with a cartoon of the president of the college.  I think back to my friends hanging my other friend by his ankles from a clock tower and I’m scared to death about when my own kids go to college.

2. What are five things you can’t live without?

My wife and kids, my laptop (Macbook Pro), iPhone, coffee (lattes particularly), and my time to work out.

3. What’s your motto or the advice that you live by?

Make a difference.

4. What is your favorite song to belt out?

Well, I was a trained singer at one time in my life, and it’s going to sound bizarre, but the Prologue from Pagliacci.

5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully doing the same thing I’m doing now.  I love what I do, and if I can keep doing it 10 years from now, I’ll be extra happy.  I really wouldn’t change a thing.  The only thing I would add to it is visiting my kids themselves doing what they want to do, wherever they are.

5 Questions Just for Dr. Drew:

1. Why do you think your show, Sex with Mom and Dad, is so important for kids to either be a part of or to watch?

For two reasons.  One, it really shines a bright light on how important it is to be open and honest, and avoid secrets in family systems.  And the other is to acknowledge more realistically how deeply embedded our sexuality is in our emotional lives.  And that’s something our culture just refuses to get its head around.

2. If you could give one piece of advice to college students right now in regards to love and sex, what do you think is the most important thing they should know?

I think they should really examine why it is that if “hooking up” is the cornerstone of their social life and such a fun thing, why do [they] always have to be intoxicated to do it?  Just examine that, because something that’s really cool and really fun and that you really like doing, you should be able to do sober, and people don’t.

3. Do you think there’s something wrong with the way that we’re dating now in college, and how sex always comes first. Do you think we should be worried about the way that we’re approaching sex?

I’m worried that you’re not dating on college campuses.  That’s the problem.  You’re hooking up with somebody you don’t even know with no expectations, and there’s no evaluative process.  How do you ever learn who you are in a relationship, or what you want in a relationship, unless you spend time relating?  And that’s been completely removed from the equation.

4. What do you think students should be most worried about right now in terms of this lifestyle?  Is it STDs, emotional problems?

Yeah, it’s really the emotional consequences.  To deny your emotions is not a healthy thing, and so “listen to your instincts,” is what I always tell college kids.  Let your instincts prevail; don’t do what you think you’re supposed to do, don’t necessarily  do what is arousing and fun—I mean, go ahead and do that, but also learn to listen to your instincts, they will not fail you.

5. With all the shows you’ve done – Loveline, Sex with Mom and Dad – you’ve interacted with a lot of people, especially on topics that are very taboo.  So what’s one of the weirdest or strangest or most outrageous things that you’ve ever come across in your time in the field?

You know, there’s no way for me to answer that question, because every night, there’s a new call, a new question that’s bizarre and makes me blush.

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