Comic 63 - 1.3.63

17th May 2018, 11:46 AM in Book 1: Endzone, Canto 3
1.3.63
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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Cliff Hansen 17th May 2018, 11:46 AM edit delete
The last page was quite happy, so of course we have to ruin it with this asshole shrink :-(

Comments:

...(RockB) 17th May 2018, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
...(RockB)
"How could my doctor recommend you?" - good question, one to ask said doctor.

Alas, I wonder why Thomas trusted this man in the first place. He had been in his shoes some time ago, hadn't he? There may be OK ones, but trust an unknown man of a church? He got pretty much what I'd expected... :-(

(Something else: "... and you to proselytize when I'm trusting you?" - there is something strange here, is there a word missing or a word to much or a word misspelled?)
Cliff Hansen 17th May 2018, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for catching that error in the last sentence. It should say "and you try to..." I'd already caught it but was a bit busy. Of course you always catch those things immediately after hitting post, right :-)

I'd cut a line for space that he had only just started seeing the therapist, perhaps that should have remained in as I think that would have clarified it a bit.

Basically what I was going for was that this was one of his early sessions with this therapist and so he wasn't aware what a jerk the guy was. It was so hard for me to see a therapist and when I finally got the nerve I went and promised myself I was going to be completely open and honest. Then the guy started telling me this bullshit about how different blood types should have different diets which affect your mental health differently. That is of course as BS as it sounds! I often have codependency issues, so it was hard for me to fire him, but I did. It was forever before I had the confidence to try to find someone again, but thankfully the next one worked out better.

What about you, any crazy shrink stories?
Miguel 17th May 2018, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
Amazing and relevant! I had a shrink that was too Buddhist and not rooted in tje reality of systemic oppression of people in the world. I'd love a womanizer shrink like a Bell Hooks type person to help me deal with my patriarchy.
Cliff Hansen 18th May 2018, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
You might look into http://betterhelp.com/mental . It's a paid online therapy. I didn't have enough money to do it, but I've heard great reviews. They give you a questionnaire so that you can talk with someone based on your specific needs, and also give you options such as Skype, email, or even text so if you're feeling like you can't leave the house you can still talk to someone.
...(RockB) 18th May 2018, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
...(RockB)
> Of course you always catch those things immediately after hitting post

Oh I know!!! That's why I'm glad that comments can be edited here. (But tbh, this one is the most difficult comic in respect to editing where I comment more than once or twice, because of the moderation thing.)

> What about you, any crazy shrink stories?
No... just one (poor) joke of my therapist to which I reacted by running out of the room when I was a kid... nothing serious and she was not crazy or weird by all means, even though the "therapy" was IMO completely useless.

The craziest thing that ever happened to me was that one day I thought God was guiding me, literally talked to me and told me where to drive while I was driving through the city. I have no idea what that was. Still don't.
Cliff Hansen 18th May 2018, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Good point on the moderating the comments thing. You're not the first person to mention it. I'm sure ComicFury gives me the option to have comments posted without moderation. However, given the subject matter of this comic, especially the stories yet to come, at some point trolling will be inevitable. I enjoy how we can have these friendly conversations in the comments section and if I moderate it I can try to keep things civil. Then again if the death threats don't come, maybe I'll reconsider :-)
Cliff Hansen 18th May 2018, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
Wow, shocking story about feeling God was guiding you. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like an intrusive thought to me. Once when I was a teenager, my younger sister was playing and saw a stick and I had a sudden urge to pick it up and hit her with it. I didn't, thankfully, and ran into the house instead. I loved my sister and didn't know where the thought had come from and for a long time I thought I was a bad person because of it. But in my studies of mental health, I've learned that thoughts are weird things and the thoughts we have don't always define what we really think or who we are.
Cliff Hansen 18th May 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
By the way, I do check the comments at least once a day so if you leave a comment that you need to edit, it should be up the next day or at latest in two days. There's also a Facebook page which gets messages to me really quickly: https://www.facebook.com/doubtingthomascomic/
...(RockB) 18th May 2018, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
...(RockB)
Wow, thank you very much for three answers! I was thinking that you still can remove spam comments and other unpleasantries (<- that should be a word!), but tbh, I didn't think of the death threads and such, which are indeed likely to occur, given the theme of the story. I agree, it's better to never let them go public, that's IMHO worth the inconvenience - thank you!

Regarding said urge - I know this. It's rather ideas & thoughts for me, like, for any possible outcome of something beyond my control, I tend to expect the worst. It's quite terrible, I better not share examples. ("Bad" urges are less of a problem, I can suppress them, just like you did.)