Another fruit of my visit on Friday to Oxfam on Marylebone High Street. A classic of mental health self-help, June Bingham's wonderfully titled pamphet was published in the US in about 1950.
This edition was put out in the UK by the National Association for Mental Health (that is, Mind) in the mid-1950s.
It's not the sort of old pamphlet I normally go for - but it is both interesting and important. And it cost me a mere £2.
'This pamphlet (says the foreword) helps to explain the way in which reasonably normal people feel and behave compared with the way in which people feel and behave if they are suffering from an abnormal disturbance of their emotions or if they are mentally ill.'
The illustrations are simple, yet persuasive. I suspect that modern mental health advocates might blanch a little at the tone - but it must have been when first published a hugely innovative approach to understanding mental health.
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