Quite normal theatre.

In May 1983, Barney tells me that his parents had seen a picture of himself that you can see, uncaptioned apart from a date, in gorham’s book, Reasons to Be Cheerful, on page 136, where Barney has set up a picture, hands outstretched, as though he was hanging himself from the lamp. Barney says this was used as proof one time that “I was nuts.” Barney went on to say, “I don’t know why they chose that to show the shrink, I think it’s quite normal theatre, don’t you? I can think of a few things I’ve done to show being more weird than that, right?” The picture may be older than the 1980 it’s credited as in the gorham book, but considering the veracity its source that’s probably a correct date.