What Animal Do You See?
After his return from Sacramento, Mr. Sullivan agreed to another session with Dr. Baumgartner.
"First, I vahnt you to imagine an animal. Any animal. Don't give it too much thought."
Baumgartner had become involved in animal visualization therapy that swept Vienna in the late 19th century and the U.S. in the late 20th century.
"So, vhat animal are you imagining, Mr. Sullivan?"
"But don't you see a little pussycat?"
"Yeah, don't you see me?" said Billy the Blunder Cat.
"Yes," Mr. Sullivan said, "I see a cat, but you told me to imagine an animal, and I am imagining an elephant."
Suddenly the elephant lifted Mr. Sullivan as he let out a girlish giggle.
"Ah, I see it too," Dr. Baumgartner said. "And vhat an enormous trunk it has!"
"Hey, what about me?" Billy whined.
"Yes, Billy," Dr. Baumgarnter said. "Vhat about you. Vhat was your childhood like?"
"Hey, Doc, mind your own beeswax."
Baumgartner returned to Sullivan and approached the elephant. "May I please touch that big, pink trunk?"
"Get your own visualization animal, Baumgartner!"