“I felt the urge to be looked at as Dayan looks at his patients”: when “In therapy” invites himself on the couch

“I felt the urge to be looked at as Dayan looks at his patients”: when “In therapy” invites himself on the couch
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“Are there in real life psychoanalysts as good as Dr. Dayan? » This is the question posed at the moment by Christine (she prefers to keep her last name silent), in charge of communication in early retirement in Rambouillet (Yvelines). The sexagenarian devoured the second season ofIn therapy, broadcast since April 7 on Arte, and could not help but cry with each episode. The way the therapist looks at his patients upsets her every time. Even before the end of the 35and episode, she made a resolution: to go in search of a psychoanalyst, to talk about the still strong scars left by her divorce, her relationship with her mother, these moments when she feels “anxious” and ” on edge “.

Christine has already attended several shrinks a few years ago, but has often found them too cold, detached. She dreams of a practitioner as invested as that of the series by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache: “We see that after the sessions, he continues to think about them. I would so love to find a shrink with so much human warmth, so emotionally involved in our work! »

Christine is not the only one to dream of making an appointment with Doctor Dayan, bald head and serious gaze, embodied on screen by Frédéric Pierrot. In therapy season 2 exceeded twenty million views on in a few weeks. From February 2021, the first season, devoted to characters traumatized by the attacks of November 13, met its audience.

The health context inevitably played a role: at the time, anxiety and depression rates reached unprecedented levels, and mental health professionals were trying to warn of the risk of “third wave psychiatry”. The whole of France then began to fantasize about this character as the ideal confidant, capable of listening for hours without ever judging, and of offering us a timeless space in which to face our fears.

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Looking at In therapy, Patrice Gree, 63, retired, says he felt a form of nostalgia for his own psychoanalysis, which ended five years earlier. “It’s paradoxical, because it doesn’t correspond to a joyful period: my analysis lasted thirteen years, I was going through a very hard breakup. But by attending Dr. Dayan’s sessions, I felt the urge to be looked at as he looks at his patients. This attention, this empathy, this way of holding hands with our eyes… In life, we are never looked at like that”, raves the former bookseller with salt-and-pepper hair and half-moon glasses, met in a Parisian café.

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