The main character buys a robot psychotherapist to get rid of the obsessive desire to kill, but the robot is confused with a model for Martians.

I remember the content quite accurately, but I can't remember the title or author at all.

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    – DavidW
    Commented Jun 19 at 15:54
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    I don't get it. What do martians have to do with this story?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 19 at 15:56
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    My guess would be that it's tuned for the wrong kind of psychology.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jun 19 at 16:36

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"Bad Medicine" by Robert Sheckley available at the link. ISFDB page here originally published in Galaxy 1956

Homicidal customer seeking therapy machine

"That, sir, is the Rex Regenerator, built by General Motors. Isn't it handsome? It can go with any decor and opens up into a well-stocked bar. Your friends, family, loved ones need never know--"

"Will it cure a homicidal urge?" Caswell asked. "A strong one?"

"Absolutely. Don't confuse this with the little ten amp neurosis models. This is a hefty, heavy-duty, twenty-five amp machine for a really deep-rooted major condition."

Martian machine

"Haskins, I told you. I must have told you! That display Regenerator was a Martian model. For giving mechanotherapy to Martians."

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