“You see 48 minutes of what sometimes is two days, three days. And we put it on the air when the people are not cooperative, weren’t ready to do the work. That was the three sisters a few weeks ago. That was a show about not doing a show. (Laughs).”

One of the more surprising things that she has found is that men are just as apt to seek help and be willing to do the work as women are, even though it can be a challenge for men to seek help or to express themselves when they are experiencing certain emotions.

“I think its kind of balanced. Women have probably done more work and I can speak to women and approach women in a very different way. Men usually come in willing but this is very new territory for them, talking about their feelings and seeing somebody’s side and understanding the bigger picture. Men are like ‘What are you talking about?’ It’s really kind of equal but I usually walk very delicately with men because their ego structures are very different.”

Although the DMX episode last season may have been the exception, Vanzant says she doesn’t worry about men getting too out of line Her son acts in a security capacity, traveling with her and making sure no one takes Vanzant’s kindness for weakness.

Overall, Vanzant says she is grateful to her guests on Iyanla Fix My Life for their willingness to trust her and the process.

“The blessing that I have is that people trust me. People want the help. What happens is when fear sets in and they get afraid. But the reaction is not towards me. It’s usually just about what they’re feeling. My guests have been so respectful and so trusting. It’s really a blessing.”

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