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"The Shrink" is the sixth chapter in Heavy Rain.

OverviewEdit

This chapter features Ethan Mars discussing the events after Jason Mars' death with his therapist.

DescriptionEdit

Ethan takes a few tests with his therapist. After doing so, the therapist will talk to Ethan and tells him that he must find a way to move on and is not responsible for Jason's death. Ethan still blames himself for the death of his son. The therapist then asks him about Shaun. Ethan has multiple choices of how to answer each question. After answering them all, Ethan is about to leave. The therapist then tells him that he is lucky to survive the accident. Ethan replies "I don't exactly feel lucky" and leaves. There are multiple options the player may choose when taking the initial test and speaking with the therapist, though there is no impact on other game decisions and events resulting from different answers.

TriviaEdit

  • Because the player can read Ethan's emotions as he answers the therapist's questions, it can be determined that Ethan is entirely truthful about wishing he were dead, and is genuinely suicidal. Even if answers which show this are given, the therapist will more or less disregard the seriousness of the situation, and end his appointment with Ethan while his suicidal patient is still clearly distressed.
  • The therapist confuses/conflates schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder. Dissociative identity disorder was once popularly known as "Multiple Personalities" while schizophrenia is a chemical imbalance/biological disorder resulting in hallucinations and a host of emotional and mental instabilities.
  • It is recommended that you do not tell the therapist of the blackouts, since he will tell the police of Ethan's problems and give them another reason to hunt Ethan.

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