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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (1976)

by Bruno Bettelheim

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"The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales" is very accessible to adult readers. It is written in layman's terms,
and helps the reader realize that Fairy Tales can be used to heal our psychological wounds. Focusing mainly on fairytales collected by the Grimm brothers,Bettelheim is adept at explaining the symbolic meanings that are recognizable in these stories. ( )
  Breton07 | Jun 5, 2016 |
FREE AT LAST! (Or, joy at having finished this fifty-pound weight.) ( )
  KatrinkaV | May 14, 2016 |
Freud, Freud, and more Freud. ( )
  jeneyhart | Dec 3, 2013 |
The Uses of Enchantment is a really enjoyable read, and it really gets you thinking! Bettelheim proposes that fairy tales are socially evolved stories that help children work through the many psychological struggles of childhood, and that the violence and dark themes that have been gradually removed from them are an essential part of what makes them popular with and, useful for children. He comes at his argument from a Freudian, psychoanalytical approach to child psychology, which can seem a bit old fashioned and dramatic, but that doesn’t take away from the interesting ideas the book raises. As a fan of old fairy tales, it’s satisfying to hear them defended in all their gore and pessimism against the sunny, positive children’s literature that is more popular today. ( )
  LeilaM | Sep 27, 2013 |
Okay, if I'm being honest, I'm probably not going to get to this. But it's got my attention right at this moment.
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679723935, Paperback)

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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Helps adults become aware of the importance of fairy tales. By revealing the content of such stories he shows how children may make use of them to cope with their emotions, whether they be feelings of smallness and helplessness or the anxieties the child feels about strangers.… (more)

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