Bathtub Therapy

My first contribution to this blog last year talked briefly about some of the reactions that I received from family and friends when they heard I was going into the family therapy profession. My grandpa, a wonderful man with an ever-present sense of humor responded by sharing with me a psychology themed joke which had been sent to him by a friend. I keep it at my desk and it always brings a smile to my face so i thought I’d share it here for your enjoyment:

During a visit to a mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

The Director Replied, “We fill up a bathtub and offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and then ask them to empty the bathtub”

“Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup”

“No,” said the Director, “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want to be by the wall or near the window?”

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About mstevenson

I am fascinated and inspired by the many different relationships we have throughout our lives. My passion is in exploring how these relationships shape our lives and how they in turn shape and are shaped by the world around us. I revel in the complexity and diversity of human behaviour and love to unpack the boxes that we're often expected to fit into so that we can dance amongst the many shades of gray.

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