40 of the Best Pamela Stephenson Quotes

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Pamela Stephenson is a New Zealand psychologist, writer, and performer.

She is most popularly known as an actress and comedienne during the 1980s. Throughout her acting career, she has also made appearances in many other widely celebrated shows including ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the famous movie sequel ‘Superman III’.

As a writer, Stephenson has written several best-selling books, including ‘Head Case: Treat Yourself to Better Mental Health’, and a biography of her husband ‘Sir Billy Connolly’ who was also a popular comedian back in his working days. One of her famous works as a psychologist is when she presented a psychology-based interview show titled ‘Shrink Rap’.

Here’s a collection of the best Pamela Stephenson quotes:


40 of the Best Pamela Stephenson Quotes

1. “Comedians who do stand-up get this enormous adrenaline surge. It’s really frightening to do what they do. They have to fire very high, very fast, and once they’ve finished their set – and in a comedy club this might be about eight minutes – they are left with this adrenaline surging around their system and it’s hard to get rid of it. So a lot of comedians use alcohol and maybe other drugs to help bring them down.” – Pamela Stephenson

2. “I’ve really written my books for my husband and our family. They’ve brought us closer together by allowing us to discuss things that were unspoken for so long.” – Pamela Stephenson

3. “Most people who went about saying a ghost had poked them with a brolly would be locked up somewhere.” – Pamela Stephenson

4. “Tony Curtis, too, was brilliant. He talked about his early life – his brother’s death, the prejudice he experienced as a young man in Hollywood. You think of him as a screen god who had all these women, but the other side was this darkness he lived with. I felt we had a very good rapport.” – Pamela Stephenson

5. “There is a probably natural and learned reticence with myself talking about my early life.” – Pamela Stephenson

6. “Most celebrities, for reasons of self-protection, have an “official story” that they’ve worked on and may even believe.” – Pamela Stephenson

7. “After all my probing into the human brain, I should still be aware of mysteries and come up with them myself.” – Pamela Stephenson

8. “I do prefer to talk to people where what’s going on for them is more of a surprise.” – Pamela Stephenson

9. “I have treated comedians for depression, but I’m not sure they’re any more prone to depression than anybody else.” – Pamela Stephenson


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10. “I was tired of being in showbusiness. It wasn’t easy to have a family with two comedians in it. It made sense to change careers. It’s been much more interesting.” – Pamela Stephenson


11. “Sexual dreams aren’t usually about sex.” – Pamela Stephenson

12. “Love is an obsession. It has that quality to it. But there are healthy obsessions, and mine is one of them.” – Pamela Stephenson

13. “The one thing I know about myself for sure is that I am ridiculous… I think I am also passionate and brave, although this apparent fearlessness usually hides deep-seated, abject terror.” – Pamela Stephenson

14. “I don’t think I’m generous enough to be the straight guy. I sort of make my own way and make my own statement. Do I mind pushing myself forward? Not at all.” – Pamela Stephenson

15. “I don’t like the term mid-life crisis.” – Pamela Stephenson

16. “I loved my life, but my choices were overloading and overwhelming me. Listening to inner feelings and fulfilling some of these urges when they come along is incredibly important.” – Pamela Stephenson

17. “Perfect objectivity is always impossible, no matter who writes a person’s biography.” – Pamela Stephenson

18. “Being a psychologist did enable me to maintain objectivity.” – Pamela Stephenson

19. “So many people suffer from abuse, and suffer alone.” – Pamela Stephenson


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20. “I grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, an arid kind of place, but every day I took the ferry across the harbour to get to school. I’d watch the ships coming in and going out.” – Pamela Stephenson


21. “I’m also quite protective of interviewees in the editing process. Often I’ll say, We need to take this or that out because it’s going to expose them too much. People do get lulled into trusting you. I have to take responsibility and say, Maybe this wouldn’t be so good.” – Pamela Stephenson

22. “There’s been a number of erroneous biographies, articles and so on written about Billy and we both thought it would be a good idea to produce a true one.” – Pamela Stephenson

23. “Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, so they can become depressed as a result. It’s not simply that a personality type drawn to comedy might tend to be depressed. It’s more complicated.” – Pamela Stephenson

24. “I’d been interested in psychology for a long time and I wanted to do a higher degree.” – Pamela Stephenson

25. “The work of a psychotherapist involves being empathic and insightful with one’s patients without getting too lost in their painful stories to be helpful.” – Pamela Stephenson

26. “When I came off the boat I was very proud of the thick calluses which had developed on my feet. But now, I am struggling to get into my favourite high heels which is a shame, as I have so many.” – Pamela Stephenson

27. “There was a special challenge in describing the awful childhood of a person who happens to be my own husband. It was very painful at times, for both of us.” – Pamela Stephenson

28. “There seems to be this impression that if I really am a psychotherapist, I can’t be serious about it. They think there must be something fishy going on.” – Pamela Stephenson

29. “I know when I’m getting beneath the official story when I see physical signs and verbal giveaways.” – Pamela Stephenson


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30. “There may be a point where I may decide to write an autobiography.” – Pamela Stephenson


31. “But it’s not really therapy. In therapy, you’re deliberately trying to get people to touch on painful subjects to try to get some healing. The show isn’t intended to be didactic like that – though some interviewees have said they’ve learnt from our discussions.” – Pamela Stephenson

32. “We have a couple of dogs, but I wouldn’t describe myself as an animal person.” – Pamela Stephenson

33. “It is one thing to go on stage and be funny or be in a good place in your career, but for a woman, actually facing the elements in a physical way is a very powerful thing.” – Pamela Stephenson

34. “The notion of a contemporary epiphany to me is very exciting because it’s a sort of biblical thing. It’s something that has happened to people in other centuries or in the context of religious experience.” – Pamela Stephenson

35. “Suffering from dysentery at sea was no picnic.” – Pamela Stephenson

36. “There isn’t a therapist alive who hasn’t had some sort of erotic transference or some issues of feelings that come up in a therapeutic situation. We’re well trained for these things because it’s part of the work.” – Pamela Stephenson

37. “If someone takes a strong dislike to you, or gets angry with you or has sexual feelings towards you, it becomes part of the therapy. But it’s never about you; it’s always about something else in the patient’s life.” – Pamela Stephenson

38. “I really enjoyed Joan Rivers. I didn’t really want to interview her. I thought it was going to be really hard work getting beyond the act. I thought she’s going to have an answer for everything. But she just dropped the act and she was fabulous, so open.” – Pamela Stephenson

39. “Billy goes off and does his tours and his movies. We’ve both been very supportive of what the other has chosen to do.” – Pamela Stephenson

40. “Sometimes, I know when someone is not being completely honest, but I allow them to tell that story because they need it at that particular moment – but it’s not necessarily something that will stay in the show.” – Pamela Stephenson



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