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Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change.
A psychology teacher taught me that joke, and it said it was very indicative of patients, they had to want to change to get better. Do you think that is wise?


  1. It is neither wise nor unwise. It is the way it is.
    Maybe you have heard “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”
    You can not force someone to change. They must want to change or they will not change.

  2. That’s absolutely true. No one controls you but you (or me but me, etc etc). And I control no one but me (and you, you, etc etc). Change is hard and only those who want it will achieve it but it takes help which is going to keep guys like us in business for ever and ever.

  3. Yes and no. A light bulb is inanimate. So if it burns out the janitor, secretary, or the doctor herself will have to change it regardless of whether “it” wants to or not. Whoever is using the room at night will have to! Unless they have an innate ability to work in the dark.
    As for the patient? He/she can change the lightbulb as well. But only if they want to.


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