Getting to the Roots of the Problem


Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A man had frequent nightmares. Someone was hiding under his bed what made him wake up sweating and trembling every night. He called a psychotherapist that someone recommended and asked for help. The psychotherapist said,

“I believe I can help you, but it depends on you how many sessions it will take; each session will cost you €200.”

A week later the man met the psychotherapist on the street and told him,

“I have found a solution to my problem for only $20.”

The psychotherapist was intrigued and asked how. The man explained,

“I hired a carpenter for $20 to saw off the legs of my bed.”


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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