• Defending My Gender: Illustrating a Very Bad Therapy Session

    From Emma Grove’s New Memoir The Third Person

    People often turn to therapy when undergoing huge life changes. My new graphic memoir, The Third Personfocuses a lot on therapy sessions between me and therapist “Toby.” One thing that can arise in talking with another person is miscommunication—the disconnect when each person is attaching a completely different meaning to the discussion, and you feel as if you’re not being heard. It’s particularly frustrating when that person is tasked with helping you.

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    Toby had previously diagnosed me as having Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) without telling me about the diagnosis. But then, it seemed, he began to have doubts… Maybe I didn’t… And so, he started looking for any sign I might be making up having it. Of course, I had no idea what he was accusing me of making up. In the previous session I had mentioned how cathartic a certain movie was for me, which led to this discussion.

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    From The Third Person by Emma Grove, courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

    Emma Grove
    Emma Grove
    Emma Grove could draw before she could write. A classically-trained animator, she lives in New England with her cat, Little Mischief.





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