Created By: animeg3282 on January 31, 2010
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A stock image in cartoons and comics. As short hand for therapy, someone is laying on a couch, even though this is not very common nowadays. Comes from All Psychologyis Freudian.
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  • January 31, 2010
    Chabal2
    All Far Side cartoons involving psychiatrists.
  • January 31, 2010
    animeg3282
    Yea, it's common in political cartoons, and even in the New Yorker.
  • January 31, 2010
    NatetheGreat
    Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
    Hofstedder: I dreamed the Archangel appeared and whispered into my ear and told me where to find a Golden Wonka Ticket.
    Doctor: And what exactly did he say?
    Hofstedder: Well what difference does that make? This was a dream, a fantasy. I mean, you said just now--
    Doctor: Shut up, Hofstedder, and tell me where the ticket is!

  • January 31, 2010
    animeg3282
    Was the doctor laying on a couch while this dialogue was going on?
  • January 31, 2010
    Michael
  • January 31, 2010
    Fanra
  • January 31, 2010
    animeg3282
    Should the title and description be changed?
  • January 31, 2010
    GeneralGoose
    • Used in The Simpsons, for example when Marge is combating her fear of flying.
    • Used in Family Guy, such as when Brian is seeing a pet psychiatrist.
    • Used in Theme Hospital. Mental problems are treated by the patient lying on one of these couches and discussing problems with the doctor.
  • January 31, 2010
    random surfer
  • January 31, 2010
    random surfer
    (removed my own duplicate entry)
  • January 31, 2010
    TJ
    Tons of Far Side comics use the couch.

    A funny thing about this trope is that it's often used incorrectly. Any time you see a couch with the therapist's chair facing it, so the client and therapist can see each other, they're doing it wrong; Freud positioned the chair behind the client's head and facing away, in order to reduce inhibitions and get the client talking as freely as possible. But the couch is the thing people remember, not the arrangement of the room. Is this a visual Memetic Mutation?
  • January 31, 2010
    animeg3282
    Yes, it is. It's become shorthand, so even though most therapists just use two regular chairs nowadays, it's just quicker to use a couch for a throwaway gag.
  • January 31, 2010
    thedreadednyondo
    Willy Wonka spends some time on the therapist's couch in Charlieandthe Chocolate Factory. Wonka talks until he realizes what his problem is, then turns to his silent Oompa-Loompa psychiatrist and says, "You're very good."
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