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Bruno Bettelheim had remarkable success in treating deeply emotionally disturbed children. A pupil of Sigmund Freud, he was a vehement opponent of the operant conditioning methods of B. F. Skinner and other behaviorists. Austrian-born, Bettelheim came to the United States in 1939. Profoundly show more influenced by the year he spent in a German concentration camp during World War II, he reflects in his writings his sensitivity and knowledge of the fear and anxiety induced under such conditions. His famous Individual and Mass Behavior (1943), first published in a scientific periodical and then in pamphlet form, is a study of the human personality under the stress of totalitarian terror and concentration-camp living. Bettelheim sees a relationship between the disturbances of the concentration camp survivors and those of the autistic, or rigidly withdrawn, children whom he describes in The Empty Fortress (1967), because both have lived through extreme situations. The Children of the Dream (1969) describes with considerable enthusiasm the absence of neurosis in children brought up on kibbutzim in Israel in groups of other children and cared for by adults who are not their parents. Bettelheim believes that American ghetto children would benefit from this kind of experience in preference to the at best partial help of present programs designed to accelerate educational progress for the deprived. From 1944 to 1973, Bettelheim served as the principal of the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, a residential laboratory for the treatment of disturbed children at the University of Chicago. Up until his death in 1990, Bettelheim remained active in his scholarly pursuits, continuing to write about the nurturing of healthy children and devoting himself to improving the human condition. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Bruno Bettelheim

A Good Enough Parent (1987) 347 copies, 8 reviews
The Informed Heart: Autonomy in a Mass Age (1960) 239 copies, 3 reviews
Surviving and Other Essays (1979) 188 copies, 1 review
The children of the dream (1969) 184 copies, 1 review
Freud's Vienna & Other Essays (1989) 126 copies, 1 review
On Learning to Read (1981) 105 copies, 1 review
A Home for the Heart (1974) 49 copies, 1 review
The Art of the Obvious (1993) 44 copies, 2 reviews
Dialogues with mothers (1962) 39 copies, 3 reviews
Parents et enfants (1995) 6 copies
Zeiten mit Kindern (1994) 2 copies
LIEU OU RENAITRE (1975) 1 copy
Masalların Büyüsü (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account (1960) — Introduction, some editions — 1,264 copies, 34 reviews
The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (1998) — Contributor — 1,028 copies, 5 reviews
The Random House Book of Fairy Tales (1985) — Introduction — 491 copies, 4 reviews
King Matt the First (1923) — Introduction, some editions — 363 copies, 8 reviews
Frederick's Fables : A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 330 copies, 9 reviews
Man Alone: Alienation in Modern Society (1962) — Contributor — 142 copies
The Third Reich of Dreams (1966) — Contributor, some editions — 67 copies, 1 review
Reclaiming the Inner Child (1990) — some editions — 66 copies, 1 review
I Didn't Say Goodbye: Interviews with Children of the Holocaust (1980) — Afterword, some editions — 53 copies
Moral Education: Five Lectures (1970) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Walker Book of Fairy Tales (1985) — Introduction — 11 copies, 1 review
PAZZIA DEGLI ALTRI (1973) — Preface — 1 copy


Common Knowledge



The book describes the story of the children born and raised communally in an Israeli kibbutz.
PendleHillLibrary | Mar 22, 2024 |
Original Titel: On Learning to read- The Child's fascination with meaning
betty_s | Sep 7, 2023 |
Very interesting and thought-provoking Freudian analysis of classic fairy tales. Used as a textbook in my Critical Theory class on psychoanalyzing fairy tales. I don't agree with everything Bettelheim professes, but it is cool to look at these classic stories in a way I haven't before.
Reading_Vicariously | 29 other reviews | May 22, 2023 |
With an illuminative power that startles and delights, the author opens up to us the real content of the great fairy tales. how, beneath their surface of palaces and princesses, fairies and witches, wishes and spells, they deal in the profoundest ways with the emotional turmoils of childhood . . .
1 vote
PendleHillLibrary | 29 other reviews | Sep 17, 2022 |



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