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August 24, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, graffiti, humor, psychotherapy — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am




  1. Well, if nobody else wants to, I’ll give it a shot.

    The only psychotherapy-related bell that I can think comes from Pavlov’s experiments on conditional response. Supposedly, he trained dogs to salivate when he rang a bell. This was apparently a big discovery in the days before electric can openers.

    So why specify “after” entering, rather than before? Well, I’m probably over-thinking this, but maybe he’s trying to say that, once you enter psychotherapy (and ring the bell), all the greedy shrinks inside start drooling.

    Eh, or maybe not. Hopefully someone will have a better interpretation.

    Comment by solarrhino — August 24, 2007 @ 2:27 am

  2. If you’re going to psychotherapy, how well do you think your emotional state can handle accomplishing the impossible? (ie. ringing the outside bell once inside)
    “I got to go inside, but then I have to ring the bell. The bell is outside, I’ll go back and ring it…But I have to enter first. But the bell is outside. I need to be inside and the bell is outside. The gun’s not in your hand, the gun is in my hand. AUGH!!!!!!!!!”

    Comment by Rasheed — August 24, 2007 @ 7:49 am

  3. I’m with solarrhino on this one, kinda. In other words, once you enter and you’re in the realm of psychotherapy they’ll start with the whole Pavlovian training thing. I guess. Wouldn’t made a better cartoon if they’d left it as “ring bell before entering” and then had an obvious bell and a labeled drool bucket by the door.

    Comment by Molly — August 24, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  4. Sorry – typo. I mean to say *would’ve* not *wouldn’t*

    Comment by Molly — August 24, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

  5. I’ve needed a blog like this for so long.

    Comment by engtech — August 24, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

  6. Hmmmm, I had a slightly skewed take on this. If they ring the bell before entering, the psychotherapist will hear it and will have a pavlovian stress reaction since the bell rings and in walks a nutter. After a while, they’d hear the bell and leave by another door….for their own mental health?

    Comment by Lola — August 24, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  7. It’s graffiti, not an official correction.
    It’s funny because it does _not_ make sense.

    Reminds me of the old one:
    A farmer has a field of watermelons. Tired of having them stolen, he put up a sign saying “One of these watermelons is poisoned.” That worked, the thefts stopped. …then he noticed “One” had been crossed off, and “Two” written next to it.

    Comment by ctdonath — August 24, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

  8. ctdonath – I agree that it’s not a correction..

    I think the idea would be that a sign like this would make crazy people even crazier, thus amusing whoever made the change and was watching

    Comment by dd — August 25, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

  9. I doubt this is it, but I keep thinking of Adams’ “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish,” with the Inside of the Asylum.

    Comment by someone else — August 25, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

  10. Psychotherapy and Pavlovian conditioning have very little in common. My opinion is that it comments on the amount of time that it usually takes a psychotherapist to complete treatment for a patient (roughly 10 years for “improvement” to occur). Hence, once you start treatment, you’ll continue to rely on it.

    Comment by Veronica — September 14, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

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