What Would Jesus Do?
A story in This is True about a delusional guy who thought he was Jesus brought this interesting reply from a psychologist-reader.
The seminal figure in hypnosis, Milton Erickson, M.D., had an interesting experience in upstate New York:
When Erickson was on the staff of Worcester State Hospital, there was a young patient who called himself Jesus. He paraded about as the Messiah, wore a sheet draped around him, and attempted to impose Christianity on people.
Erickson approached him on the hospital grounds and said, "I understand you have had experience as a carpenter?"
The patient could only reply that he had.
So Erickson involved the young man in a special project of building a bookcase and shifted him to productive labor.
Posted November 10, 2004