How to Tell If a Person Should Be Committed

hospital signWhile I was being given a tour of a mental asylum, I asked the psychiatrist, “How do you establish whether or not a person should be committed to your institution?”

The doctor answered, “We have a standard test. We fill up a bathtub with water, then give the person a spoon, a cup and a bucket, and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.”

“I see,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s much bigger than the spoon or the cup.”

“No,” said the doctor, “a normal person would pull the drain plug. Would you like a bed near the window?”

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