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Bruno Bettelheim

Born: 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Bruno Bettelheim lived and worked in Chicago from 1939 until his retirement in 1973.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Other

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Bruno Bettelheim on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A good enough parent :
ISBN: 0394757769 OCLC: 16802304

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.

A good enough parent :
ISBN: 0500278334 OCLC: 40871460

Thames & Hudson, London : 1995, ©1987.

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

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.

The uses of enchantment :
ISBN: 0307739635 OCLC: 19804609

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.

The uses of enchantment :
ISBN: 9780307773524 OCLC: 712601464

Vintage Books, New York : [2011], ©1976.

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.