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General Information

Name:  Bruno Bettelheim  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary

-- Bruno Bettelheim on WorldCat --

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.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A good enough parent :
ISBN: 0500278334. OCLC Number: 40871460

Thames & Hudson,. .

A good enough parent :
ISBN: 0394757769. OCLC Number: 16802304

Vintage Books,. .

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.

Freud and man's soul /
ISBN: 0394710363. OCLC Number: 9646391

Vintage Books,. .

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.

The uses of enchantment :
ISBN: 9780307773524. OCLC Number: 712601464

Vintage Books,. .

Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood development. Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, and The Sleeping Beauty, Bettelheim shows how the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in our greatest human task, that of finding meaning for one's life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The uses of enchantment :
ISBN: 0307739635. OCLC Number: 19804609

Vintage Books,. .

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