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Many of Wallace's characters go through psychotherapy in his fiction, frequently yielding unsatisfactory results. The therapists in Wallace's literature are portrayed as everything from scandalous and unethical (Dr. Jay in The Broom of the System), to well-intentioned but incompetent (Good Old Neon's Dr. Gustafson and Hal's tiny-handed grief counselor in Infinite Jest). Therapy is often portrayed in Wallace's work as a futile last resort attempted by characters that are deeply troubled.

Occurences in Wallace's Work