The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim

"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.

The 3482nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 108

Since this book was first published in 1976, there is a penalty of 3.2%. The age adjusted score is 104.54.

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