The Bathtub Test

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director: “How do you determine if a patient should be institutionalized?”


Well,” said the Director, “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 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 a bed near the window?”


(I bet you chose the bucket, didn’t you? Hehe…by the way, thanks so much, Beth, for sending this to me! My parents and I howled for at least five minutes!)


  1. I chose the bucket, so reserve a room for me. It also goes to show how I never completely read anything before I “act” on it!

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