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Analysis: Paranoia Agent

Therapists; missing or useless?

Downplayed in that Harumi Chono is seen talking to one (all those other loony characters, on the other hand....) He doesn't seem to help much at all though, so rather than There Are No Therapists one could say All Therapists Are Useless....
  • Perhaps not. The moment Maromi disappears and people are forced to face the lies they've created, Maria appears in front of Harumi's husband. She never came to peace with herself or directly faced her problems, probably her blatant self-repression in a sexless life/marriage, she ignored the therapist's advice and it bit her in the ass. The therapist may very well have been helpful to someone more willing to listen.
  • Debatable, but comes more under All Therapists Are Useless, considering that the very last thing you want to do with someone who has Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder or simply lapses into Dissociative Fugues is to let the primary personality deal with it completely alone, with no medication, psychotherapy, or support, particularly when at the point we meet Harumi, it's very clear that she is very very sick and should be institutionalized.note 
  • The therapist does allude to preparing to perform some sort of radical procedure on Maria that will produce a long-term cure, though what the procedure is isn't entirely clear (It could be anything from a short institutional stay to a form of psycho-surgery). That would partially explain why he was neglecting a more short-term solution, but insisted she come out and explain these details to her fiance since his support would do her a lot of good if she's going to undergo extreme therapy. That and it'll be hard to hide a split personality from someone you live with.

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