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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bruno Bettelheim  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary


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Illinois Connection

Bruno Bettelheim lived and worked in Chicago from 1939 until his retirement in 1973.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bettelheim arrived by ship as a refugee in New York City in late 1939 to join his wife Gina, who had already emigrated. He soon moved to Chicago and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1944 until 1973. The University of Chicago appointed Bettelheim as a professor of psychology and he taught there from 1944 until his retirement in 1973. was an Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer. He gained an international reputation for his work on Freud, psychoanalysis, and emotionally disturbed children. He took his own life in 1990.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Freud and man's soul /
ISBN: 0394710363. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1984, ©1982.

An examination of Freud's theory of psychoanalysis discusses how the English translations have distorted his writings and describes Freud's view of the nature of the soul.

A good enough parent :
ISBN: 0394757769. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1988, ©1987.

This book suggests how parents can develop their own insights into childrearing, how to comprehend the behavior of children, and how to cope with situations in ways most beneficial to the child's well-being. Above all, Bettelheim warns, parents must not indulge their impulse to try to create the child they would like to have, but should instead help each child fully develop into the person he or she would like to be.

The uses of enchantment :
ISBN: 0307739635. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1989.

Argues the values fairy tales provide for children, allowing a safe way to deal with conflict at a young age.


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