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Playing With: Freudian Couch
Basic Trope: During therapy, the patient is lying on a couch like the one in Sigmund Freud's office.
  • Straight: Bob is talking about his mother while lying on a fancy couch.
  • Exaggerated: The therapist he's talking to bears a strong resemblance to Dr. Freud.
  • Downplayed: Bob is slouching, but is still mostly upright on the couch.
  • Justified: The therapist wants his patients to be as comfortable as possible, but still wants his office to look nice.
  • Inverted: The therapist is lying on the couch telling his problems to Bob.
  • Subverted: Bob is lying on a couch in a furniture store, crying Manly Tears and talking about his overbearing mother.
  • Double Subverted: The furniture store in question doubles as a psychiatrist's office, and the sales associate is also a fully-certified psychiatrist.
  • Parodied: Bob is complaining because the couch is on top of him.
  • Zig Zagged: Dr. Freud redecorates his office a few times.
  • Averted:
    • Bob does not lie on such a couch during therapy, but sits in a regular chair.
    • Bob does not go to therapy.
  • Enforced: All Psychology Is Freudian.
  • Lampshaded: Bob points out that he's always lying on the couch during his therapy sessions and likens it to characters in therapy treatment from movies.
  • Invoked:
    • Bob goes to the psychiatrist's office, and is told to lie on the couch.
    • When offered eitheir a couch or chair, Bob goes with the couch.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The office in question has no couch, and the psychiatrist does not believe in Freudian psychology, preferring more modern and accepted theories instead.
  • Discussed: Alice and Bob talk about their friend Cecil who is a therapist. Rumour has it that Cecil's patients have to lie on a couch.
  • Conversed: "Have you ever noticed that if there is a psychologist who treats people in fiction, the patients will always lie on a couch? What's up with that? Is Freud still so popular?"
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob is whining about something trivial on the couch, such as dropping an ice cream cone.
    • Bob gets a little too comfortable and starts falling asleep.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is upset over something serious, like being molested by a Pedophile Priest during childhood.

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