Bruno Bettelheim and his window to the soul

Journal Article

Bruno Bettelheim, a clinical psychologist, was among the most respected voices among American intelligentsia in the twentieth century. His controversial writings covered vast territory and focused on topics ranging from society, art, education, the Holocaust, and fairy tales to child-rearing. It was his clinical work with disturbed children, however, that brought him international acclaim. Yet, subsequent to his death, controversies about him and his ideas erupted and his reputation plummeted. This article is an attempt to keep some of Dr. Bettelheim's most meaningful contributions from fading further into obscurity. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Meyer, WS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 275 - 285

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3343

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-1674

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10615-009-0218-0

Citation Source

  • Scopus