The Bathtub Test

During a visit to the mental asylum, a young reporter asked the head psychiatrist, “How do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.”

“Well,” said the doctor, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.”

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

“No.” said the doctor, “A normal person would pull the plug. Now would you prefer a bed near the window?”

The Bathtub Test
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