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Bettelheim, Bruno
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(Aug 28, 1903, Vienna – Mar 13, 1990, Silver Spring, MD), Jewish pioneer of psychoanalytical education. Stimulated by the circle of S. Freud's disciples, Bettelheim developed methods to treat children with extreme emotional disorders. After his emigration to the USA (1939) Bettelheim was able to work analytically through the extreme experiences he had suffered during his imprisonment in a German concentration camp, in order to deepen his therapeutic approach (Individual and Mass Behavior in Extreme Situations, 1943). From 1944 until 1973 Bettelheim was p…

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Mehlhausen, Joachim, “Bettelheim, Bruno”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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