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30th Jan '16 3:31:18 PM Andyroid
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* In ''TheSuffering'', it takes Torque the length of the entire game to come to terms with his psychological issues as he slowly figures out [[KarmaMeter what sort of person he is]] and his fragmented past. Oh, and fights a giant monster representing his psychological trauma, because it's just that kind of game. Even ''then'', when the sequel rolls around, it turns out he's not actually cured, and facing the demons of his past causes a relapse. It still doesn't take years, but it's hardly an instant "have an epiphany and you're better" cure.
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* In ''TheSuffering'', ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'', it takes Torque the length of the entire game to come to terms with his psychological issues as he slowly figures out [[KarmaMeter what sort of person he is]] and his fragmented past. Oh, and fights a giant monster representing his psychological trauma, because it's just that kind of game. Even ''then'', when the sequel rolls around, it turns out he's not actually cured, and facing the demons of his past causes a relapse. It still doesn't take years, but it's hardly an instant "have an epiphany and you're better" cure.

* In ''TheSuffering'', it takes Torque PlayedForLaughs in the length of the entire game ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Crystals Have Power". Jake swears off violence after having a flash-back to come to terms with a childhood trauma where he accidentally hurt his psychological issues as he slowly figures out [[KarmaMeter what sort of person he is]] and brother Jerome, only for his fragmented past. Oh, and fights dad to tell him "You're going to hurt ''everybody''!" This hampers Jake's attempts to save Finn from some extra-dimensional crystal monsters, until Jake receives a giant monster representing his psychological trauma, because it's just that kind of game. Even ''then'', when the sequel rolls around, it turns out he's not actually cured, and facing the demons vision of his past causes a relapse. It still father explaining what he meant: -->'''Jake:''' But Dad, you said I'd hurt everybody!\\ '''Jake's Dad:''' Yeah, everybody...\\ '''Jake:''' I dunno, Dad, that doesn't take years, but it's hardly an instant "have an epiphany and you're better" cure.really help me.\\ '''Jake's Dad:''' Everybody who is ''evil'', Jake. Try letting me finish next time, hmm, yeah?"\\ '''Jake:''' Oh. Well I'm over it, then!

* ''TransformersAnimated'': "Thrill of the Hunt" sees ShellShockedVeteran Ratchet sits down for a long talk with Optimus, and the subject was never raised again. Then Transwarped rolls around, more traumatic FlashbackStares ensue, and it is abruptly revealed that everything is ''not'' okay.
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* ''TransformersAnimated'': ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': "Thrill of the Hunt" sees ShellShockedVeteran Ratchet sits down for a long talk with Optimus, and the subject was never raised again. Then Transwarped rolls around, more traumatic FlashbackStares ensue, and it is abruptly revealed that everything is ''not'' okay.

** during the episode "The Beach", the villains have vented their individual examples of FreudianExcuse and are now feeling much better. So good in fact, that they gleefully trash the house and attack the guests of the cool teens who snubbed them. *** Interestingly enough, the only one in the group who never actually gets over the problem that gets brought up in the episode is Azula, who seemed to be completely at terms with it. [[spoiler: in the final episodes, it causes her epic VillainousBreakdown.]] Zuko, on the other hand, didn't get over his issues with that situation at the beach either. Uncle Iroh had been working on him for the entire 2 seasons, but he froze before taking the step that would've taken him completely through his HeelFaceTurn. He finally completes it a few episodes later.
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** during During the episode "The Beach", the villains have vented their individual examples of FreudianExcuse and are now feeling much better. So good in fact, that they gleefully trash the house and attack the guests of the cool teens who snubbed them. *** Interestingly enough, the only one in the group who never actually gets over the problem that gets brought up in the episode is Azula, who seemed to be completely at terms with it. [[spoiler: in In the final episodes, it causes her epic VillainousBreakdown.]] Zuko, on the other hand, didn't get over his issues with that situation at the beach either. Uncle Iroh had been working on him for the entire 2 seasons, but he froze before taking the step that would've taken him completely through his HeelFaceTurn. He finally completes it a few episodes later.
16th Jan '16 10:41:56 PM nombretomado
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* A cartoon from ''TheFarSide'' features a therapist's technique for dealing with the fears of heights, snakes, and the dark...trapping a man in a darkened elevator suspended off a skyscraper roof and full of snakes.
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* A cartoon from ''TheFarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' features a therapist's technique for dealing with the fears of heights, snakes, and the dark...trapping a man in a darkened elevator suspended off a skyscraper roof and full of snakes. snakes.

5th Jan '16 1:46:34 PM Zephyr7
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* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Tamaki does this to [[spoiler: his grandma Shizue]], revealing to the latter that his father taught him all the things she had loved. It helped [[spoiler: his grandma]] realize that [[spoiler: her son]] still loves her.
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* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Tamaki does this to [[spoiler: his grandma Shizue]], revealing to the latter that his father had taught him about all the things she had loved.loved, such as Japanese movies and shows, when she thought he didn't care for them. It helped [[spoiler: his grandma]] realize that [[spoiler: her son]] still loves her.
5th Jan '16 1:44:35 PM Zephyr7
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* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Tamaki does this to [[spoiler: his grandma Shizue]], revealing to the latter that his father taught him all the things she had loved. It helped [[spoiler: his grandma]] realize that [[spoiler: her son]] still loves her.
19th Dec '15 9:22:00 PM animenutcase
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:{{{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]'s]] ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:{{{{Transsexual}} [[spoiler:[[{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]'s]] ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
19th Dec '15 9:21:32 PM animenutcase
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:{{{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]]]'s ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:{{{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]]]'s Hishida]]'s]] ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
19th Dec '15 9:21:13 PM animenutcase
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:{{{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]'s]] ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:{{{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]'s]] Hishida]]]]'s ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
19th Dec '15 9:19:08 PM animenutcase
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it.
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:{{{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]'s]] ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
12th Dec '15 5:03:38 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in the XWingSeries.
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* Played with in the XWingSeries.Literature/XWingSeries.
30th Nov '15 12:30:54 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', [[spoiler:Dom Cobb finally confronts the dream projection of his long-lost wife, accepting her demise]]. It makes sense in this case because [[ he is deep inside his own mind and the deeper layers are said several times to be influential on the person then the upper layers.]]
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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', [[spoiler:Dom Cobb finally confronts the dream projection of his long-lost wife, accepting her demise]]. It makes sense in this case because [[ he is deep inside his own mind and the deeper layers are said several times to be more influential on the person then than the upper layers.]]

* Dandra's magically-induced split personality disorder takes a few moments of [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind internal conflict]] to resolve in the second ''Literature/TheDragonBelow'' book.
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* ''Literature/TheDragonBelow'': Dandra's magically-induced split personality disorder takes a few moments of [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind internal conflict]] to resolve in the second ''Literature/TheDragonBelow'' book.resolve.

* There was an episode of a talk show (Maury, possibly) that featured a girl with a fear of pickles, which affected her job performance as a waitress to the point of her refusing to serve any dish with said garnish in it to any of her customers. The host's proposed treatment was to have nearly a dozen stagehands emerge from the audience onto the stage and from each of the stage entrances, each one holding a plate with a sandwich topped in pickles and wearing the most evil shit-eating grins you've ever seen. The guest screamed hysterically and tried to escape in several different directions before she was surrounded. In psychology, this is known as flooding; surrounding a person with things they're afraid of for a few hours until the fear is extinguished. While it can work if done long enough, there's nicer ways to do it.
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* There was an episode of a talk show (Maury, possibly) that featured a girl with a fear of pickles, which affected her job performance as a waitress to the point of her refusing to serve any dish with said garnish in it to any of her customers. The host's proposed treatment was to have nearly a dozen stagehands emerge from the audience onto the stage and from each of the stage entrances, each one holding a plate with a sandwich topped in pickles and wearing the most evil shit-eating grins you've ever seen. The guest screamed hysterically and tried to escape in several different directions before she was surrounded. In psychology, this is known as flooding; surrounding a person with things they're afraid of for a few hours until the fear is extinguished. While it can work if done long enough, there's nicer ways to do it.

** It's apparently played straight in the first game, where [[TheHero Cloud]], who has endured all sorts of MindRape and other horrors, has a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind that works as epiphany and he comes out of it in his right mind and ready to defeat [[BigBad Sephiroth]]. ...Unfortunately, as sequels to the game show, this burst of assurance is temporary and fragile, and comes crashing down times afterward, because what Cloud ''needs'' is a combination of time and skilled psychiatry. [[DeconstrcutedTrope It's a fairly accurate portrayal of how epiphanies in therapy work in real life]]--the patient's sudden realization may boost their mood and performance for a while, but without continued work with professionals, it doesn't last.
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** It's apparently played straight in the first game, where [[TheHero Cloud]], who has endured all sorts of MindRape and other horrors, has a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind that works as epiphany and he comes out of it in his right mind and ready to defeat [[BigBad Sephiroth]]. ...Unfortunately, as sequels to the game show, this burst of assurance is temporary and fragile, and comes crashing down times afterward, because what Cloud ''needs'' is a combination of time and skilled psychiatry. [[DeconstrcutedTrope [[DeconstructedTrope It's a fairly accurate portrayal of how epiphanies in therapy work in real life]]--the patient's sudden realization may boost their mood and performance for a while, but without continued work with professionals, it doesn't last.

** "The Guru." Aang, in order to master the Avatar state, has to unlock a series of chakras by letting go of various Earthly, negative emotions, such as his grief over being TheLastOfHisKind, and the fear of failure against the Fire Lord. Every one of these takes about twenty seconds. The next seasons shows that he hasn't truly conquered any of them.
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** "The Guru." Aang, in order to master the Avatar state, has to unlock a series of chakras by letting go of various Earthly, negative emotions, such as his grief over being TheLastOfHisKind, and the fear of failure against the Fire Lord. Every one of these takes about twenty seconds. The next seasons season shows that he hasn't truly conquered any of them.them. By the time of ''Legend of Korra'', we learn that he ''never'' got over his TheLastOfHisKind issues. He had three children and the only one he ''didn't'' neglect was the only airbender.
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