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The great child psychologist gives us a moving revelation of the enormous and irreplaceable value of fairy tales – how they educate, support and liberate the emotions of children.

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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim

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I read this back in the 70’s and thf it. It is deep, thoughtful, and interesting. I bought this copy and have now hypnotized my grandchildren to do chores, go to bed on time, enchamtment my toe nails, and avoid any old men who look creepy and wear red capes. Seriously though, we don’t realize the power of fairy tales or metaphor.

I actually recommend it to all parents. It helps to create your own bed time stories, and to understand our time-tested favorites. I met this famous man and have always respected his idea about the fairy tale figures and their deeper meaning in the minds of children.

I’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way anymore. But don’t tell your children what Bruno said was the meaning of the story. Let their imaginations go to work and take them where they need it to go.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is an important thr for the healthy psychological development of children and adults, too.

It offers insight into the lasting value of these old tales, which were created and have been passed along for reasons far beyond, and infinitely more enriching, than merely entertainment.

Even having been a fan of fairy tales and myths as vehicles for growth and transformation for years, I learned much through reading this thoughtful book.

It is well known that storytelling is an innate expression of civilization, in an effort to define who we are and to make sense of the world. The fairy tale is an enchantmfnt part of this tradition that has a long and rich history spanning thousands of years. First published inBruno Bettleheim, one of Sigmund Freud’s followers and an important contributor to psychoanalysis, has written an incredible book, suggesting that the fairy tale has a pedagogical use, educating the child about the struggles in life, that these struggles are an intrinsic aspect of existence.

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Following Plato, he believes that the literary education of children should begin with the telling of myths. In other words, the fairy tale can present models for behaviour, providing meaning and value to our lives. This wonderful book expresses this view extremely well and also provides a frame of reference towards the child’s overall psychological development.

I have read Freud for some years, and nowhere, including Freud himself, have I read a more succinctly expressed view on the ultimate purpose of psychoanalysis, than in this book by Dr. Bettleheim, he writes, “Psychoanalysis was created to enable man to accept the problematic nature of life without being defeated by it, or giving in to escapism.

Freud’s prescription is that only by struggling courageously against what seems like unwieldy odds can man succeed in wringing meaning out of brino. From Bettleheim’s point of view, the fairy tale is a “manifold form” bfuno communicates to the child, educates them, against life’s vagaries and realities, which are the unavoidable aspects of our existence.

More specifically, the fairy tale is an educational tool to help children grow and develop into adults. He goes on to say that the child needs to be given ” If you are interested in psychoanalysis and would like to know more about the profound positive effects the telling of fairy bettelhemi can have on our young, this incredible book is indispensable. I had to purchase this book for an English composition class and I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed reading this book.

It was fun to read the analysis of many famous fairy tale stories. Often disturbing but so insightful into the hidden possibilities of the meanings of original fairy tales.

I found a lot of inspiration in this book to use with my classes. I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys learning about another perspective of some of the most famous stories ever told. One person found this helpful. I bought this for my daughter thw law as she expressed an interest when I told her about it. This book is a classic on the meaning of fairy tales in the psychological development of the personality starting with very young children. Myths, Legends, Folklore, and Fairy Tales comprise the betteoheim frame of enhantment for all our organized beliefs, theories, and speculations about the nature of man and our place in the cosmos.


Bruno Bettelheim, with his thorough academic background and his ability to organize and explain the material, gives us a key piece of the puzzle which has fascinated scholars, theologians, philosophers, poets, writers, and story bruon since the beginnings of our civilization. His orientation encnantment psychoanalytic, which at first glance might seem pedantic and overly specialized.

The discipline itself is based in Ancient Greek literature which deals with the many wanderings of the human soul. Making sense of those wanderings, together with the admonition, “Know thyself,” encbantment the aim of psychoanalysis.

It is also the aim of those early repositories of wisdom who first spun the yarns we have come to know as Fairy Tales. These stories have meaning which is specifically designed to guide us down the bettelheeim of our lives with courage, wisdom, compassion, heroism, and a sense of the eternal hope of success. Bettelheim does a remarkable job in driving these points home. For the brno of knowledge and wisdom, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Tue of Fairy Tales is a valuable tool, to put it mildly.

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