Bruno Bettelheim


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Bruno Bettelheim (August 28, 1903 – March 13, 1990) was an Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer. He gained an international reputation for his work on Freud, psychoanalysis, and emotionally disturbed children.

When his father died, Bettelheim left his studies at the University of Vienna to look after his family's sawmill. Bettelheim and his first wife Gina took care of ... more »

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  • ''Not only is our love for our children sometimes tinged with annoyance, discouragement, and disappointment, the same is true for the love our children feel for us.''
    Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-born child psychologist. A Good Enough Parent, ch. 2 (1987).
  • ''The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them.''
    Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-U.S. child psychologist. A Good Enough Parent, ch. 2 (1987).
  • ''Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science.''
    Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-U.S. child psychologist. A Good Enough Parent, ch. 1 (1987).
  • ''From a child's play, we can gain understanding of how he sees and construes the world—what he would like it to be, what his concerns are, what problems are besetting him.''
    Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-born child psychologist. A Good Enough Parent, ch. 14 (1987).
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