Identity Crisis

The new inmate at the mental hospital announced in a loud voice that he was the famous British naval hero, Lord Nelson. This was particularly interesting, because the institution already had a Lord Nelson.

The head psychiatrist, after due consideration, decided to put the two men in the same room, feeling that the similarity of their delusions might prompt an adjustment in each that would help in curing them. It was a calculated risk, of course, for the two men might react violently to one another, but they were introduced and then left alone and no disturbance was heard from the room that night.

The next morning, the doctor had a talk with his new patient and was more than pleasantly surprised when he was told Doctor, Ive been suffering from a delusion. I know now for a fact that I am not Lord Nelson.

Thats wonderful, said the doctor. Who are you?

Smiling coyly, the patient replied, Im Lady Nelson.

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