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Freud and Man’s Soul: What on earth are Trump’s voters thinking or feeling? Customers who bought this item also bought. Learn more about Amazon Prime. See all free Kindle reading apps. As noted previously, Bettelheim claims to have based his analysis on professional expertise and research.

Both books are entirely positive about humanity, despite the dreadful things that we humans are capable of doing to each other. Perhaps the most eye-opening revelation was flexibility of a personality, as I was believed otherwise.

It is difficult to describe Bettelheim’s account of his experiences in Dachau and Buchenwald as typical memoir.

Modern Language Association http: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Thus, psychoanalytic terminology and theoretical constructs are interspersed throughout.


Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. His essential premise beuno that life in the camps over time reduces the prisoners to the psychological equivalent of children.

This does not excuse his alleged views on corporal punishment of children. Bettelheim describes his initiation into the concentration camp experience, including his original transport to Dachau. They were cold blooded experiments to calculate what the state could get away with – how far you could rob people, and take away their individuality and dignity, and still brruno work, and obedience, out of them.


Food for thought, in any case. This book remains a classic, even though we have more insight into Bettelheim’s life, which may cast some doubt on his actual experiences.

Bruno Bettelheim was another one of those crazy-Austrian-pyschologist-types like Siggy Freud, but Bettelheim’s focus was beytelheim on child psychology. Bettelheim sees a relationship between the disturbances of the concentration camp survivors and those of the autistic, or rigidly withdrawn, children whom he describes in The Empty Fortressbecause both have lived through extreme situations. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Essentially he argues that the prisoner must be informed and aware of the choices being made or the prisoner heat personality disintegration.

Did some camps only have men, or did he just not think the women worth mentioning? Bettelheim enriches me in surprising ways every time. From toBettelheim served as the principal of the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, a residential laboratory for the treatment of disturbed children at the University of Chicago.

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One point he makes is that many victims, after long enough in the camps, began to identify with the guards and to accept the cruelty and murders as normal. She likely knew she was going to die by her actions but that didn’t matter. This book had some really interesting reflections on the concentration camps.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. She, in turn, was gunned down by other guards, but the point Bettelheim was making that Friedan included in her own work as an illustration was that as soon as the woman was given a chance to live, even minutely, in a manner that she had previously allowed her to feel free and secure and self-confident. It was a little late getting to me, but it is in great condition and I love it.

Bettelheim covers a lot of ground in The Informed Heart, from the dangers of advancement of technology to his experiences in the concentration camp. Autonomy in Mass Age.

Unfortunately Bettelheim fails to acknowledge the resistance that took place, the military, political, economic, and physical problems associated with active resistance, the historical precedents of anti-Semitism affecting Jewish response, the limitations of some due to age or infirmity, and the role of passive resistance. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Refresh and try again. Diarmaid de Paor rated it really liked it Jun 01, A guard discovered she was a dancer and made her dance for him; she danced right up to him, took his gun and shot him.

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