A man, obsessed with the idea that he was dead, was being treated by a psychiatrist. The doctor used all the known techniques at his command but to no avail.
Finally, he tried appealing to the patient’s logic. “Do dead men feel pain?” asked the doctor. “No, of course not,” answered the patient.
“All right,” said the doctor, “now let us try an experiment.”
He took a sharp needle and pricked the man’s hand.
The patient jumped up with a yell.
“There! What do you say now?” asked the psychiatrist.
“Well, isn’t that amazing!” answered the patient. “Dead people do feel pain.”