Quotation by Bruno Bettelheim

Fairy tales are loved by the child not because the imagery he finds in them conforms to what goes on within him, but because—despite all the angry, anxious thoughts in his mind to which the fairy tale gives body and specific content—these stories always result in a happy outcome, which the child cannot imagine on his own.
Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-born child psychologist. The Uses of Enchantment, "Fears of Fantasy," (1975).
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