Jim and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they
were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into
the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna
promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim
When the Director of Nursing became aware of Edna's heroic act, she
immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now
considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the
news she said, " Edna, I have good news >>and bad news. The good news is
you're being discharged. Since you were able to rationally respond to a
crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have
concluded that your act displays soundness of mind.
The bad news is that Jim, the patient you saved, hanged himself in his
bathroom with the belt to his robe right after you saved him. I am so
sorry, but he's dead." Edna replied, "He didn't hang himself, I put him
there to dry.