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Strictly speaking with the insight that people can be helped psychologically by reading books relevant to their situation. Bibliotherapy is thus the "use of books to address emotional or behavioural issues", as defined at www.best-childrens-book.com It has been used to restore the mental health of returned soldiers, and now especially to help young children and adolescents who are emotionally challenged. But if the value of bibliotherapy is the process of reading, perhaps reading online and spending hours on the internet is therapeutic in its way. The counterargument would be that browsing online isn't the same as reading real books: it doesn't engage and exercise the reader's imagination to help them see things from other perspectives. That makes bibliotherapy the perfect excuse for curling up in a large armchair with a good book.

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