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Your therapist probably wouldn’t approve of this meme

The perfect meme to turn existential despair into retweets.

 

Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Published Jul 16, 2019

Therapy sessions have always provided lots of fodder for self-deprecating memes. But now a new format is taking over Twitter, and it’s all about disappointing your therapist.

The meme format is easy to replicate. The therapist asks you why you feel a certain way, you give a bad answer, and the therapist says “no”.

People have mixed the format with other memes, such as the line from a classic Vine: “I’m a bad bitch, you can’t kill me”.

And “you hate to see it“.

And Let’s Go, Lesbians.

They’ve even used it to promote bands.

Naturally, the meme started to become absurd…

https://twitter.com/unrealAnnaAdams/status/1150908453751263232

…and people started making jokes about wanting to die.

https://twitter.com/Idzack2/status/1147091207430037506

https://twitter.com/NhilseMariel/status/1148738520095346695

Basically, the therapist meme is a perfect outlet for the hyperbolized performances of despair that are a common coping mechanism now, along with minor griping and complaints about the difficulty of opening up to a therapist.

“It be like that sometimes” was a popular response in this meme.

https://twitter.com/soleiltaehyung/status/1147315430857555989

As was “mood“.

It got political.

https://twitter.com/noitsgary/status/1150910154818367488

This one mashes up a lot of recent memes.

https://twitter.com/mitrakiciman/status/1150885309728591874

Now that the meme has broken the fourth wall, does it mean that it’s over?

Perhaps it just means that you should remember to go to your therapist IRL.

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*First Published: Jul 16, 2019, 9:06 am CDT