Web Therapy… Narcissist Style

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What if….

You decided that you needed to perhaps, maybe, see a therapist. There’s nothing really wrong with you, but you have a few issues which have been bothering you which you can’t quite work out on your own and your usual confidantes aren’t quite doing their job where helping you sort something out by talking to them is concerned. In fact you’ve noticed that some of the people whom you normally turn to when you need to be listened to keep avoiding you… what is wrong with them?

Or perhaps, maybe you’ve been in therapy for a while and there is nothing wrong with you, but lots which is wrong with your therapist. It’s been years now and your therapist still hasn’t fixed your issues with others. Which is kind of difficult considering that those others are the ones with the problems and not you, so really they should be the ones seeing your therapist then they could be fixed to suit who you want them to be for you.

Either way, you go online and do a little search to see if there is a better way of healing your pain, a way which will maybe, perhaps be quick, easy and painless. A miracle cure which won’t take up too much of your busy time.

Lo and behold, you find the website of Fiona Wallice, who claims to… be a therapist and be able to cure you in a 3 minute online session.

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Web Therapy – Lisa Kudrow & Bob Balaban – introducing Web Therapy and questioning it. via Style Haul

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Of course, this is fictional… a very funny and keenly observant improv comedy both online and on TV created by Lisa Kudrow, Don Roos and Dan Bucatinsky.

This sort of thing doesn’t actually exist or happen in real life (online or offline)… or does it?

No one is really like that, are they?

Fiona Wallice is a narcissist who only wants to help others… help her to get everything which she has always wanted. She’s a genius and needs an audience and adulation, amongst other things.

It’s a brilliant series, painfully so at times and if you’ve been in a relationship with a narcissist then you may find this unwatchable (or at least have to view it from behind the sofa while screaming into a pillow.

There are lots of great guest appearances from the cream of the comedian and actor crop.

Lily Tomlin plays Fiona’s mother, Putsy Hodge… and may be the only character in the show who actually manages to make you sympathetic towards Fiona. With a mother like that, no wonder she’s the way that she is.

While watching the two of them interact I felt a momentary perceptual blip whereby I felt surrounded by my mother in stereo… which is pretty much how I felt when my mother was around. Strangely enough it was my partner who said that he didn’t think he could watch anymore of the show because it was too frustrating. I probably would have agreed with him not so long ago. At least he didn’t say that people can’t really be like that in real life, but he can’t say that because he’s been exposed to my mother and my father and… yes, people can really be like that in real life, in fact they can be so much worse than that, and you can’t turn them off like to can a TV show. If only there was a remote for that!

Meryl Streep plays a self-help guru who is trying to ‘fix’ Fiona’s husband, Kip.

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Web Therapy – Lisa Kudrow & Meryl Streep – via StyleHaul

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Courtney Cox plays an online psychic. Alan Cummings plays a kingmaker… and those are just a few of the episodes which I’ve seen.

I’ve only just started watching this on TV, there are loads of online episodes, some of which are different from the TV episodes as I think this began as a web series.

It is a cornucopia of hilarity, with some rather poignant wisdom about humans and just how messed up we all are but still keep going and going like super-charged energiser bunnies… hoping that one day all of our words will make a sentence, and that sentence will make sense, perhaps, maybe even make sense of this thing called life and being a human living it amongst many other humans doing something similar.

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Web Therapy – Lisa Kudrow & Lily Tomlin

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Sometimes… perhaps, maybe… laughing at life and humans, others, ourselves… is a good way of dealing with what is not wrong with us, or something like that. A way to get perspective while remaining detached enough to see the humour of and in it all, and maybe, perhaps through humor gain some understanding, and a pinch of compassion for ourselves and others as we navigate this wild ride we are all on as this planet hurtles through space.

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 fiona wallice google28 Reasons You Should Be Watching “Web Therapy” via BuzzFeed

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Best wishes for the season and the new year!

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6 thoughts on “Web Therapy… Narcissist Style

    1. I love this show, hits the nail on the head every episode, perhaps too close to the mark for something which is supposed to be entertaining. I do tend to cringe when Lily Tomlin is on – although I love her (she reminds me in this role a little bit too much of my mother)!

      Best wishes to you for a wonderful 2015!

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  1. This looks like a funny show. I was a big Friends fan and will still watch any reruns if I catch them on. Some of that conversation between Meryl and Lisa, well I saw me in Lisa. I’m guessing that Meryl Streep’s character is supposed to be a narcissist too?

    I thought Fiona’s comment, “What a lovely burden for them” was right on the money.

    Hey maybe it’s not appropriate to say something like that, but it certainly was truth. Lol.

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    1. It’s an excellent show, very insightful. Many of the other characters are narcissistic too, which turns the interaction into a narc-off that is interesting and accurate in many ways. I think living and working in Hollywood is probably full of inspiration for that kind of scenario. There is quite a bit of that saying things which you probably shouldn’t say element to it, people saying what they think in a blunt manner, which is great fun. Quite a few Friends’ cast members make an appearance, I haven’t seen those episodes yet, just the one with Courtney Cox and she was great. They sort of approach the filming in a similar way to Curb Your Enthusiasm where they have an idea of how they want the scene to go but let the actors ad lib and see where it goes from there. There are outtakes too at the end of each show.

      Lisa Kudrow seems to enjoy and excel at playing narcissistic characters, she did another show – The Comeback – which was very good, and Phoebe was a little bit that way inclined. She’s a talented performer.

      The thing about narcissists is that their narcissism is relatable, because all humans have those traits just not in that quantity or quality, and when it is in its more positive form it’s quite refreshing – as in here is someone who seems to be confident and sure of themselves and not embarrassed to brag about it- but when it is in its negative form it is excruciating because that’s when we find out what’s behind the confidence and bragging, the mask, and it is a pit of fear. There’s a great clip I watched today with Lisa Kudrow and Megan Mullally, where Megan’s character calls Fiona Wallice a villain, and Fiona keeps insisting that she’s a hero, but then gives up and tries to work with being a villain, hoping that at least she’s a likeable villain, but Megan’s character insists that Fiona is a completely unlikeable villain. Excellent piece of observation of the way that narcs bargain and twist things and can’t understand why others don’t see them the way that they want to be seen and see themselves.

      TY and Happy holidays! 🙂

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      1. Happy holidays to you too. 🙂
        LOL.. A lot of what you’re describing also sounds very Seinfeld.
        Maybe I can catch it when they start releasing the seasons into box sets.

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        1. Thank you ❤

          Speaking of Seinfeld, last night I watched an episode which had 'Elaine' (Julia Louise-Dreyfus) in it playing Fiona's sister. Very funny and ouchy!

          I tend to figure that watch I watch is what I'm supposed to see, and what I miss… is what I'm supposed to miss. There is just so much in this world… we can't see it all. 🙂

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