2008-07-26

A Day at the Psychologist

Any resemblance to real or fictional characters is purely coincidental.

Frasier: So you are having trouble with a depression you say?

Ruben: Yes, you could say that. Not 'sad-sad' but a little depressed, yes.

Frasier: And why is that do you think?

Ruben: Well, it started out about a year ago when I graduated from High School. I got a quite good grade, above average, but it didn't grant me a place at medical school…

Frasier: Ahh, medical school… where you learn the essence of intelligent thinking, achieve a deeper knowledge, you stop being someone and become something! – I still remember when I went to Harvard, one of the most excellent…

Ruben: Excuse me Dr. Crane, could we stick to my problem?

Frasier: Yes yes, of course – your grade didn't grant you a place at medical school…

Ruben: So I decided to do a retake and now I have the maximum grade possibly achievable in the Swedish school system but I am still not granted a place at medical school. I know I don't have the best result on the University Test…

Frasier: I'm sorry Ruben, I must stop you there. What is a University Test?

Ruben: Well, it's rough translation from Swedish: Högskoleprovet. It is a test that is supposed to test logical thinking, mathematics, languages, and specific words.

Frasier: A bit like the English UKCAT then?

Ruben: Yes, you could say. But with tricky words you're supposed to know – like sanguine or…

Frasier: You don't know – what sanguine means?!

Ruben: Maybe the opposite of genuine, I don't know. But the point is…

Frasier: For heaven's sake, no wonder you weren't let in to medical school. Sanguine is everything you're not at the moment: cheerful and confident! Ruben, listen to me: Maybe you're not sad because you're not granted a place at medical school but you are sad because you think you want to go to university, when in fact you don't.

Ruben: What do you mean?

Frasier: I mean, you can manage just fine without any education. In Sweden, for example, you can enjoy a high salary as a manager without any particular education, and since you're a man you will earn more than any woman, even if they've gone to university. Maybe university is not for you.

Ruben: Well, that's true but I've always liked to think of myself as a doctor, or neurologist to be specific…

Frasier: I'm sorry, but I can't see that happening – so will you trust me, Ruben. Will you do that? Trust me? You do not want to go to university.

Ruben: But…

Frasier: Will you trust me?

Ruben: Ok, sure – university is maybe not for me. Thank you Dr. Crane.

Frasier: My pleasure. Oh, I see our time's up. I'll see you next week.

5 comments:

Pontus said...

awesome!

Belén said...

wouldn't a Harvard grad refer to the SAT as an equivilent of Högskoleprovet?

I'm just saying...

Lots of love!

pontus said...

Präktfia

Ruub said...

Yeah, you're right again belén but I didn't think anyone would take my "pastiche" so seriously. Btw, I got in to med. school... in Denmark.

Belén said...

I found it rather entertaining myself. A shame you got in then, screenwriting would have suited you well!

All the best