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Bruno Bettelheim

Bruno BettelheimBorn: 28-Aug-1903
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 13-Mar-1990
Location of death: Silver Spring, MD
Cause of death: Suicide

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Psychologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Fraudulent child psychologist

Many of his theories have been discredited, most prominently that which tried to assign blame of autism to poor parenting. Further issues arose when it was discovered that he did not actually have any credential from the University of Vienna, in fact never studying there at all; and in 1991 plagiarism was revealed by stories in both Newsweek and the Washington Post. Extensive allegations of sexual abuse are documented in Richard Pollak's work, The Creation of Dr. B, which also delves further into Bettelheim's deceptions.

Father: Anton Bettelheim (d. 1926, syphilis)
Mother: Pauline Seidler
Wife: Regina Alstadt (m. 1930, div.)
Wife: Gertrude Weinfeld (m. 14-May-1941, d. 1984 cancer, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Ruth
Daughter: Naomi
Son: Eric

    University: PhD, University of Vienna (1938, this doctorate was claimed falsely)
    Professor: Associate Professor, Rockford College (1942-44)
    Professor: University of Chicago (1944-73. full professor in 1952)

    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Orthopsychiatric Association Fellow
    American Psychological Association Fellow
    Nazi Concentration Camp Inmate (until 1939)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1944
    Stroke 1987
    Austrian Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Depression, Diabetes, Arthritis

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Zelig (15-Jul-1983) · Himself

Is the subject of books:
The Creation of Dr. B: A Biography of Bruno Bettelheim, 1997, BY: Richard Pollack

Author of books:
Love Is Not Enough (1950)
Truants from Life (1954)
Symbolic Wounds: Puberty Rites and the Envious Male (1954)
The Informed Heart (1960)
Children of the Dream (1962)
The Empty Fortress (1967)
The Uses of Enchantment (1976)
On Learning to Read (1982, with Karen Zelan)
Freud and Man's Soul (1983)


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