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The Informed Heart

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In 1938-39, Bruno Bettelheim was imprisoned in the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald. In order to keep alive and remain human, he began to analyze his own behaviour and that of everyone around him. This book is a record of those years.
Published January 31st 1991 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1960)
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This is an incredibly difficult book to rate and review. Bruno Bettelheim was another one of those crazy-Austrian-pyschologist-types like Siggy Freud, but Bettelheim's focus was primarily on child psychology. There's a lot of debate about his early theories on autism - his belief was that autism is not organic but actually occurs due to a mother's coldness towards the child, "refrigerator mother". That's hard for me to stomach and I want to throw really large objects on Bettelheim's corpse, but ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Pippa rated it really liked it
This book had some really interesting reflections on the concentration camps. It is difficult - and you need to read carefully to pick out the gems amongst the psychoanalytical stuff. Something that he said struck me with a cold force when I was re-reading it recently. He wrote about how people forget what the concentration camps were really about. They weren't about sadism gone mad. They were cold blooded experiments to calculate what the state could get away with - how far you could rob people ...more
Chris Brûl
Feb 13, 2015 Chris Brûl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cette lecture m'a beaucoup appris sur la situation que subissait les prisonniers dans les camps de concentration.Il est très intéressant d'entrer dans cet univers avec l'auteur, qui présente non le théâtre de l'horreur humaine mais comment l'humain peut perdre son humanité. Bien intéressant avec un point de vu psychanalytique.
Ilya Cherkasov
Feb 02, 2015 Ilya Cherkasov rated it really liked it
Круто, по хардкорному круто. Обыденно, без эмоций, о том, как умирают люди -- сначала ментально, а потом уже физически.
Matthew Giobbi
Jan 12, 2016 Matthew Giobbi rated it it was amazing
Bettelheim enriches me in surprising ways every time.
Chris Brûl
Jan 11, 2016 Chris Brûl rated it really liked it
Lecture difficile mais très pertinente pour la compréhension psychique des martyrs juifs. L'humain est une bête qui n'attend que les bonnes circonstances pour se manifester.
John Moss
Feb 13, 2012 John Moss rated it really liked it
A long hard read, but good ideas if you stick with it.
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Bruno Bettelheim was an Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer. He gained an international reputation for his views on autism and for his claimed success in treating emotionally disturbed children.

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