Frankly, all those aforementioned deep-seated issues are still very much alive and kicking, therapy be damned.
The chat process works on a client/server networking model.
IRC clients are computer programs that a user can install on their system.
These clients communicate with chat servers to transfer messages to other clients.
IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen in August 1988 to replace a program called MUT (Multi User Talk) on a BBS called Oulu Box at the University of Oulu in Finland, where he was working at the Department of Information Processing Science.
The first IRC network was running on a single server named fi.