Friday Fun: signs of character...

signs of character 1843

Quite fascinating to look back at 19th century notions of how the mind works.

This is a medical illustration from 1843, and just as interesting as the notion of compartmentalised thought are some of the categories listed.

"Approbativeness": an inordinate desire for honour and approval from others, located at the back of the head. Gives a new meaning to receiving a "pat on the head" for good deeds.

"Marvelousness", as a whole category... sounds like a generous optimist at work.

And I love "mirthfulness", a most important concept, especially on Fridays!

phrenology illustration, Signs of Character, drawn and published by R Degranza Pease, MD, 1843, from here
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