Bruno Bettelheim

Bruno Bettelheim was an Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer known for his work on child psychiatry, autism, and the effects of concentration camps on Holocaust survivors. He gained international recognition for his views on autism and the management of emotionally disturbed children. Bettelheim was also a prolific author, writing books such as 'The Uses of Enchantment', in which he analyzed fairy tales in terms of Freudian psychoanalysis. His career was later marred by allegations of plagiarism and questions about the validity of his research and credentials.


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  1. 1. The Uses of Enchantment

    "The Uses of Enchantment" is a psychological analysis of fairy tales and their importance in childhood development. The book argues that these stories allow children to navigate their emotions and understand aspects of life they are yet to experience. By exploring various themes, such as separation anxiety, oedipal conflict, and sibling rivalry, through well-known fairy tales, the author demonstrates how these narratives contribute to a child's moral education and understanding of the human nature.