Here is a cute joke about the difference between a psychiatrist and a bartender. I couldn’t find who originally created the joke or I would have given credit. This is probably more accurate than anyone probably would care to admit. One of my college professors, a psychiatrist, said that it wasn’t uncommon for patients to be in therapy for years and that the goal is to “uncover everything and to keep them coming back”. When really the simplest solution might actually solve the issue and let the person move past the issue, as seen in the joke below.
Here is the joke:
PSYCHIATRISTS VS BARTENDER
Every since I was a child, I’ve always had a fear of someone being under my bed at night. So I went to a shrink and told him, “I’ve got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there’s somebody under It. I’m scared. I think I’m going crazy.”
“Just put yourself in my hands for one year,” said the shrink. “Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.”
“How much do you charge?”
“Eighty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor.
“I’ll sleep on it”, I said.
Six months later the doctor met me on the street. “Why didn’t you come to see me about those fears you were having?” he asked.
“Well, eighty bucks a visit, three times a week for a year is $12,480.00. A bartender cured me for $10.00. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought myself a new pickup truck.”
“Is that so?” with a bit of an attitude he said, “And how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?”
“He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain’t nobody under there now.”