(ed:..short-answer: it is a prop used in the authoritarian/bullshit/fake-medicine so many of them preach/peddle..fucking/playing with other peoples’ heads/lives for fun and money..despicable wretches – so many of them – hucksters/grifters/con-artists/exploiters of the worst/lowest form..ones falsely portraying themselves as ‘healers’..
and it is not before time that they/their ‘profession’ are being seen for what they really are..and as noted in this linked-piece – are fast ‘falling out of favour’..it can’t happen soon enough..)
The couch endures as a symbol of self-reflection and healing.
It’s shorthand for the therapist in cartoons and movies – even as the popularity of psychoanalytic treatment wanes.
We could say the couch is healthier than the field of psychoanalysis itself – and I would add that its iconic status in culture contrasts with how it’s increasingly viewed by contemporary analysts – many of whom see it as a relic of a more authoritarian era – a power play on the part of the analyst that supposedly blocks the path to authentic emotional engagement.