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Attraction blooms at first therapy session in KBS drama Soul Repairer

A new teaser for mental health drama Soul Repairer has been released. Shin Ha-kyun (Bad Detective) plays psychiatrist Lee Shi-joon who believes in healing, not just treating patients. One of his patients turns out to be Jung So-min’s (Hundred Million Stars From the Sky) character, a rising musical actress named Han Woo-joo.

In the recently released teaser, Jung So-min lets out a swooshing sound and explains to Shin Ha-kyun that it’s the sound she heard. She then recounts a story about how something fell all the way from the 15th floor. He asks whether she observed it fall directly. Frustratedly, she tells him that it’s something no one could see, hear, or feel.

Continuing on, she whispers to him that the apocalypse is approaching. He moves back in his seat with an expression of concern at the statement. She begins to hyperventilate, and he extends his arm to reassure her and asks her to calm down.

Quickly, Jung So-min changes track and asks if he thinks she’s crazy. With a gentle smile, Shin Ha-kyun replies: “No, Miss Woo-joo, you’re not crazy. You’re just a little sick.” At that, she falls for him. Grabbing his hand and smiling adoringly up at him, she tells him: “I think we’re fated to be together.” The camera pans out, and they’re labeled as the eccentric psychiatrist Lee Shi-joon and possible delusional disorder patient Han Woo-joo. In the last cut, he laughs awkwardly and tries to reclaim his hand from her.

Wednesday-Thursday KBS drama Soul Repairer, written by Lee Hyang-hee (Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho) and directed by PD Yoo Hyun-ki (Brain), will begin airing on May 6.

Via SE Daily

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Inappropriate, if there is a loveline. (I whisper dramatically and chuckle awkwardly as I think of my love for It's okay that is love and Kill me Heal Me)

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I really didn't see the female lead as a psychiatrist in Kill Me Heal Me or was it just me?
If she didn't have the psychiatrist label, I wouldn't have figured she is one. None of her actions reflected that. She didn't seem like she was looking at his case or treating his case from a professional perspective.
Maybe that's why I overlooked the loveline story on the basis of a psychiatrist patent basis.

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Agreed, but that was what she was, their relationship was wildly inappropriate, but I didn't even care , lol.

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true.

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In It’s Okay, That’s Love he wasn’t her patient and when she found out about his problem she stopped seeing him as a girlfriend.

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He better not fall for her, that's the one thing they drilled into us over and over again in college. NO RELATIONSHIPS WITH PATIENTS.

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NO !!!

He is her therapist.

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Huh.

Okay okay okay okay.

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I really like both the lead actors, and it sounded a bit interesting until a loveline came up. Then, it just got wrong way wrong.

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Whyyyyyyyy??!!

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No normalizing inappropriate patient-doctor relationships! What writer in their right mind would think this is ok? Not the first drama like this either...won't watch.

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Ugh 🤦🏼‍♀️
Way to help Korea warm to the idea of therapy NOT.

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No, no, no, nooo. Chaebal.

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ummm

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That is wrong on so many levels that age is the least of it. I have a very good friend whose partner is 20 years older than her and she questioned me after a few thougthless remarks I tossed around carelessly. I had to explain to her that what made the particular situation I was talking of inappropriate wasn't the age difference but age + the related power dynamic - which is not relevant to their relationship.

A doctor and a patient is a plain no but a doctor and a MENTAL patient? Seriously, what the hell are they thinking?

This drama was not appealing to me anyways but now it's straight to "no way" list.

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What the f**k is wrong with 2020? I was just, just, starting to wonder if I'd been hasty calling it The Year of the Creep.

Did this dynamic really need a middle-aged father figure thrown into the mix? If it wasn't already creep and inappropriate enough...

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100% agree, the whole thing seems really infuriating, if they toss Oedipus complex + a loveline in this mess... Plus again, an older man with power and knowledge versus a sick "hysteric" woman... this is so cliche and morally wrong, I don't wanna watch something like this...

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I'm getting comedy vibes but not neccesarily romcom vibes. He looks uncomfortable and is trying to pull his hand away.
But I didnt watch Neighborhood Lawyer, was that a romance?

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As a huge fan of the original Neighborhood Lawyer, there was no loveline because Park Shinyang's character has an ex-wife he was on and off with

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Thanks. I havent seen her work so was curious. By just looking at her titles it doesnt seem like she writes romcoms or romances.

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Same here. Major comedy vibes, nothing rom com - from this alone.

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Wow! So not inappropriate (sarcasm)

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Like everyone is else in these comments: NO.
An (implied) relationship with your patient? Idk about Korea, but I'm pretty sure that breaks some sort of ethics code. That is EXACTLY what you're not supposed to do.

I know this is a drama, but I'm appalled this would even be a plotline.

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OK, its not an appropriate relationship, but I am going to watch it anyway because its Jung So-min.

But let us not have a double standard here. Many people are enjoying HYENA, yet what the female lead does to and with the male lead in the first episode is vastly worse - It would be difficult to find something that more seriously violated professional conduct standards (and could even have been prosecuted). Nor is it true that somehow it was necessary- based upon what her client told her she could have used the normal processes of Discovery to get what she needed.

So why do we not simply accept that sometimes writers will break the rules in order to tell the story.

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A doctor-patient relationship in a counseling is one of the worst breaches of ethics because that doctor is in a position of power over the patient. It becomes very easy to manipulate someone who tells you about how they think and feel.

I haven't watched Hyena and it does sound like what happened there was seriously messed up, but this kind of situation is particularly harmful because of the strong power dynamics and the fact that the patient is very vulnerable to their counselor. You can't even be friends with a patient, it's simply unethical to have any relationship with a counseling patient outside of counseling because of that power imbalance. Unfortunately a lot of writers normalize a situation that would get your license revoked because it's "interesting".

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Sorry if I'm being annoying, I used to be a counseling major so I'm very strong on my stance in this. I can't watch movies with counselor-patient relationships at all, I find it horrifying. It's something we spent two weeks on every semester just to reiterate what a bad idea it was.

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It is a very bad idea indeed- but go watch the first episodes of HYENA to see somethin even worse.

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But... I mean I'm not watching Hyena. But isn't Hyena a show about people behaving badly, marketed as them behaving badly? Not marketed as a romance?

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But the fact that there is worse doesn't necessarily justify this, does it?

I am not watching Hyena so I have no idea what is worse. I am judging this show on its own merits (or apparent lack of it), not relative to other shows, though I take your point regarding the hypocrisy of inconsistent application of principles. I did watch and enjoy Kill Me Heal Me immensely due to my love of Ji Sung and his amazing performance in that show but took the show as a totally unrealistic comedy.

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It would actually be interesting to watch a drama that highlights that. A thriller about a psychiatrist manipulating a mental patient & the horrible consequences on the patient that come along with it. The psychiatrist would be the antagonist.
Maybe writers then will take this issue more seriously instead of advertising it.

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...but why????

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With these kinds of things I always think that they think it's just fiction so it's okay or they don't think about the implications and don't think it's wrong. Before I joined dramabeans there were a lot of things I wouldn't even question.

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Me too. After joining DB, I started questioning A LOT of things Korean dramas do that I didn't even bother to think about before.

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@amy1009 and @yuyuu, the problem with "this is just fiction" approach is that these things actually happen in real life and there can be very dire consequences so no fiction should condone it. If they portray these because they happen in real life they should show how wrong it is like they would to other unacceptable behavior such as racism or sexism or domestic violence etc. etc. I have seen a PhD supervisor marrying his student, a tutor sleeping around with students from the classes he was teaching etc. etc. Workplace relationships are difficult enough to deal with without getting into unethical territory. I work in the same workplace with my spouse and we had to fill in conflict of interest forms, have to make declarations in every meeting (to the amusement of our colleagues) and at times when he undertakes duties that puts him in a position of authority over my section we have to make arrangements so I am supervised by someone else!

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Oh no I am not trying to excuse it, I see your point. I don't think I will be watching this.

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I didn't think you were. Just wanted to add my thoughts.

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I totally agree with you. The relationship this show seems to be pushing is unacceptable.

I'm just about to complete my Psychology degree, and even when my friends suggest I should be their counselor jokingly, I always chastise them, because that's just not possible for so many reasons.

I don't even think there's a dilemma involved in this patient-doctor relationship. The moment a patient comes onto you like that, and you think you're starting to get your personal feelings involves, just REFER THEM TO SOMEONE ELSE. End of story!!!

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I'm still not sure why everyone is certain it is going to be a romance?

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If there isn't they totally chose the wrong way to promote this show.

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Maybe and it could be that that is where it is going, but to me it looks like he is being a therapist and she is reciprocating with romantic feelings and he then tries to pull away.

I had thought when I first heard about it she was to be a therapist too, using music therapy, but maybe that has changed.

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I thought she was going to be a therapist too :(

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@sensationalfantasy maybe she becomes one? I like Jung So-min alot, so hopeful she picked a good script.

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NO, NO, NO, NO.
I don't care if this is just fiction.
You, by no means, can normalize a love relation between a therapist and the patient. NO WAY.
It's hard enough that people look for therapy when needed (because everyone keep saying: cheer up, it will get better, don't be sad, you should not listen to the voices in your head, grow up, etc) for a show to just seems to idealize this kind of relation. NO.
I don't know if you've watched the TV Show "In treatment" starring Gabriel Byrne, where he portrays a therapist that (thinks he) falls for a patient and (in theory) she feels the the same. This whole relation is treated as unhealthy and wrong, and in fact we see the terrible consequences it brings. It was really difficult to watch.
So no light I'm your savior or anything of the kind.
I don't even want to be near this show!!!

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No. Just, no.

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Based on above article - No thank you!!!!!!!!!

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Are we watching the same trailer - he is pulling himself away from her in the last scene?

And, of course, they will use juiceful scene to promote the drama. Please do not jump into conclusion unnecessarily.

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I think that the teaser might be misleading on purpose. I am inclined towards thinking that the ethical issue regarding this mental patient and the psychiatrist thing is generally known in most, if not all, communities in the world, so I kinda guess that they will play with romance but somehow makes it ethical from the medical perspective.

It's intriguing to see the reception from viewers, especially in SK.

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The Kdrama world is funny. When I was thinking that a relationship between a doctor and his/her patient is bad, I realized that I really liked Heart to Heart.

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