REVIEWS!: The Uses of Enchantment


There is a place for The Brothers Grimm in our Halloween experience.

Fairy tales have spawn some of our most haunted, chilling images, in our minds when we were young. In “The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales” Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim explores the symbolic  importance of fairy tales and how they shape emotions in youth.

How do you deal with death and abandonment as a kid?  These dark tales give us a blueprint.


The book is divided into two sections. “A Pocketful of Magic,” outlines Bettelheim’s thoughts on the value of fairy tales for children, and the second “In Fairy Land,” presents psychoanalytical readings of popular fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and my fave, Little Red Riding Hood….



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