Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 6


“There's something bothering me, Doc. I think people are taking advantage of my blindness.”

My original caption: “I know you said you'd be on vacation this week, Doctor, but a serious problem has come up . . . ”

Congratulations, Daniel — you're now officially one of the funniest people around!

As a mental exercise, I tried to improve your caption (for instance, I thought maybe it would be better without the first four words) — but in the end I decided that your instincts were correct, and the caption is perfect as you wrote it.

As for the other entries (and once again I wish that you all could be winners), here are a few random comments:

I was intrigued by Sharon's “empty chair technique”. Is there such a thing? If not, there certainly should be, and I'll bet some clever psychiatrist is working on it right now.

I laughed at Caryn's “Twitter followers”, but then read the caption again and realized that it really didn't make too much sense and I was just laughing because “Twitter” is a funny word these days.

Other captions in contention: Sharon's “imaginary friends”, Levi's “fear of abandonment”, Leftie's “shy, but this is going a little too far”, and Paul's “virtual reality”.

Nice work, all of you. This should put Psychiatry back about 50 years.

New contest coming up soon.


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    Yes, there is an empty chair technique. The client talks to a person, object, self, part of self, or abstraction imagined to be sitting in the empty chair. The client can also sit in the chair and continue the conversation, now reversing roles.

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    Are you serious, Sharon? I have lots of questions, such as: Who is listening to this conversation? How is the client being helped? Is the session being recorded for future analysis? Etc, etc.

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    The therapist is there, guiding the intervention. It can be used for self-expression, clarification, help with closure, and all kinds of therapeutic exploration.

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    A couple of lame and tardy ideas:
    1 – Doc, for some reason I feel like I’m talking to myself.
    2 – I’d like to get more feedback than I’ve been getting.
    3 – I know these sessions are free of charge, but I don’t think I’m getting much out of them.

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