Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales

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Do fairy tales still have value today? Can fairy tales be used for healing? How can fairy tales be used for healing? This information page about fairy tales gives you answers to these questions.

The fairy tale page: the healing use of fairy tales

Aren’t fairy tales by themselves quite fundamentally healing? At least that is what some people claim. Fairy tales are used for healing in fairy tale psychology and fairy tale psychotherapy, as well as in geriatric care, for example, for dementia. As fairy tale pedagogy they are read to children and used in kindergarten and elementary school. There are fairy tale hours of social gathering, professional fairy tale tellers, fairy tale days, fairy tale museums, fairy tale films and fairy tale jokes. Fairy tale research scientifically deals with fairy tales and socially fairy tales are critically discussed. Fairy tale groups in the social media are widespread, just as fairy tale forums, fairy tale clubs and fairy tale associations. Accordingly, the influence of fairy tales on social consciousness is great.

As this year’s Christmas project, from December 1, 2022, to January 1, 2023, every day, I am going to give you on a fairy tale theme assistance for the healing handling of fairy tales. Whoever wants to, can send me questions about dealing with fairy tales by e-mail before the start of the Christmas project. I am going to answer them as part of the Christmas project. If there are too many questions to include them all into the Christmas project, I will answer them to you personally.


November 26, 2022, Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: The Fairy Tale Christmas Project

Fairy tales are said to have healing power. It is told that they are good for the soul, promote the development of consciousness and serve mental health. At the same time, however, fairy tales are also criticized for being outdated and too cruel.

In this Christmas Project, all these contents will be closely examined each day with an interesting contribution. For this purpose, on each of the next three days, we will first briefly discuss, what consciousness, the soul and the psyche are, before relating the fairy tales to them.

Moreover, an overview on the fourth day will reveal the manifold topics that fairy tales deal with. The most diverse uses of fairy tales (e.g. in kindergarten, in school, in psychotherapy, in dementia, by storytellers, in science, etc.) will be explored. In this respect, many interesting and helpful posts are to be expected, which are useful for the diverse fairy tale topics.


November 27, 2022, (1st Advent), Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales and consciousness

Conscious and unconscious, the collective unconscious, archetypes, ego, id, and superego are terms that most have at least heard of. The theories behind these terms are related, among other things, to fairy tales, too. They then regularly have the task of explaining a positive effect of fairy tales.

Although in the meantime many are skeptical about the healing power of fairy tales and regard fairy tales as outdated, fairy tales are already used in kindergartens and are even part of the curriculum at German school due to this theoretical backing. Moreover, fairy tales are said to have a therapeutic effect. In addition, they enrich the social gathering and there are professional fairy tale tellers.

How positive, or not, fairy tales actually are for human consciousness, will be explored this Christmas season from December 1 to January 1 with daily posts. Consciousness is for this, according to Ayleen Lyschamaya, “That, which causes something to arise, is Consciousness. Everything that arises, is the expression of Consciousness.”


November 28, 2022, Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales as stories of the soul

Fairy tales are said to be good for the soul. Sometimes fairy tales are called stories for the soul right away. It is alleged that fairy tales are food for the soul and make the soul sing. Fairy tales are ascribed to be a mirror of the soul and to touch the soul at the same time.

What is meant by soul? This is by no means clear, but depends on the respective world view. As a totality of all emotional stirrings and mental processes, the soul is often meant in today’s usage as another term for “psyche” (Greek: soul = psyche). However, the soul can also designate a principle, which is assumed to underlie these impulses and processes, to order them and also to bring about or influence physical processes.[1]

If you look at the many uses of fairy tales, the underlying ideas about the soul seem to be just as diverse. This makes it all the more important to establish clarity from the outset. Ayleen Lyschamaya distinguishes the soul as the underlying life principle from the earthly psyche. The soul is the love energy that incarnates into earthly life.

The soul and the consciousness belong together and continue as rebirths over the individual lives. They form the respective life jointly, together with the earthly psyche and the body. The love energy of the soul causes the love ability of the human being.

[1] Wikipedia on “soul” (as of 11/2022).


November 29, 2022, Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales and psychology

Psychology deals with human experience and behavior. Fairy tales pass on human experience from generation to generation as behavioral instructions. What could be more obvious than that fairy tales are interpreted psychologically? Psychologists have been intensively engaged in fairy tale analyses for many years.

For these fairy tale analyses, psychology starts from internally complex people, who are part of a social system. Thus, psychology derives three levels of analysis of biological, psychological and sociocultural influences. The biological level of analysis includes the traits that are advantageous for survival and reproduction. Psychological influences encompass learned expectations, such as learned fears. Emotional responses, cognitive processing and perceptual interpretations are also included in psychological influences. Sociocultural influences contain the social environment as well as the expectations of culture, society and family, including individual groups such as peers.[1]

The psychological fairy tale analyses put their emphasis on the life instructions of the individual fairy tales with their emotional processing offers. The sociocultural influences of the fairy tales are considered as a given helpful standard for the people. For this purpose, a kind of cultural wisdom of life is assumed. To what extent this cultural wisdom includes spiritual aspects is interpreted differently by the psychologists.

This Christmas Project is going to focus on the psychological and sociocultural influences. In particular, the sociocultural influences are going to be studied as cultural wisdom, because the fairy tales themselves are a sociocultural influence. That is, the fairy tales convey as a social environment the expectations of culture, society and family.

[1] Wikipedia on “psychology” (as of 11/2022).


November 30, 2022, Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Topic overview

This Fairy Tale Christmas wants to uncover what is hidden in fairy tales. For this, the already known discussion for or against fairy tales is not to be merely repeated, even if it is included. Rather, the profound basis beneath what is already known will be revealed. It is about seeing through what is hidden behind the obvious in fairy tales. Thirty interesting contributions on a wide variety of topics related to fairy tales can be expected from December 1 to January 1:

  1. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale forest ‒ amusement parks
  2. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales as a social event
  3. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale days
  4. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales and spirituality
  5. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: The soul in fairy tales
  6. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales, loved and rejected
  7. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales in pedagogy
  8. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales as a means of education
  9. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales in kindergarten
  10. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Parental influence on fairy tales in kindergarten
  11. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Suitable fairy tales in kindergarten
  12. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale pedagogy for kindergarten children
  13. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales in school lessons
  14. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale handling in school
  15. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale psychology
  16. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale psychology collective unconscious
  17. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale psychology id, ego and superego
  18. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale therapy as a guide to solutions
  19. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale therapy and the meaning of life
  20. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales for dementia
  21. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales from ancient customs to future
  22. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale storytellers
  23. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale readers
  24. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale origin
  25. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales in science and research
  26. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale research in relation to children
  27. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Values, norms and awareness of fairy tales
  28. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales recommendation discussed
  29. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: The Grimm’s Children’s and Household Tales
  30. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale future

 

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  • December 1, 2022 at 6:53 am
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    1. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale forest – amusement parks

    In Germany there are more than thirty Fairy tale forest – amusement parks for families, birthdays and school classes. Located in the forest, they enchant children with the Grimm fairy tales from about April to September. Many fairy tale characters are recreated and their stories are read aloud and told. In addition, there are the usual gastronomic and children’s entertainment offers of amusement parks.

    As a popular destination for outings, children experience the Grimm fairy tales from an early age as a joyful, shared family experience. Positive fairy tale experiences are absorbed through all the senses. This further reinforces the already through their figurative language well-memorable fairy tales in children’s minds. Within families, with friends, and as school classes, shared values are cultivated.

    The nature of the social gathering undoubtedly has its positive value. But what about the content? Particularly in the context of shared leisure activities, it cannot be assumed that the content of the fairy tales will be critically scrutinized. Moreover, young children, to whom the theme parks are primarily directed, are not yet capable of critical reflection anyway. Accordingly, the parents and teachers, who visit the Fairy tale forest – amusement parks with their children, trust that they are doing something good for the children.

    Thus, behind the decision for or against a visit to a Fairy tale forest – amusement park lies at the same time the educational attitude of the adults towards fairy tales. Fairy tales are highly controversial and have been the subject of varying degrees of public criticism for decades. Mainly, fairy tales are accused of cruelty and outdated role models. In fact, the criticism goes even further. Most Grimm fairy tales contain hidden, negative messages of consciousness.

  • December 2, 2022 at 7:43 am
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    2. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales as a social event

    Fairy tales were originally especially intended to entertain. When there was no mass media, people told each other fairy tales in social gatherings. Storytelling, later also in the sense of reading aloud, is an important social need that conveys security and cultivates relationships. In particular, adults remember the emotional atmosphere when they later think back to the fairy tales. Accordingly, fairy tales are considered particularly effective when they are read aloud or told in a familiar situation, because this creates that very special emotional atmosphere.

    Beyond one’s own family and small groups, such as in kindergarten or school, folk tales also create a cultural sense of belonging. All over the world, fairy tales are told and read aloud to each other. Therefore, fairy tales can also be used as an aid to integration when they are told or read aloud to each other across cultures. In doing so, fundamental commonalities can be discovered in the archetypal symbolism. For example, the fairy tale character “Baba Jaga”, which is very popular among the Slavic population, corresponds in its archetypal symbolism to the “Witch” in the Grimm fairy tales.

    Due to their positive social function for the community, whether in the small framework of the family or in the large intercultural framework of the world, fairy tales are still very popular with many people today. By no means would they want to give up this cultural asset. In fact, fairy tales would not still exist today in the age of mass media across cultural, national and linguistic boundaries all over the world if they were not important to people.

    Fairy tales have been able to maintain their importance, despite all the criticism of them, primarily through their combination of familiar community and touching archetypal symbolism, right up to the present day. Will fairy tales still be needed to fulfill these needs? The familiar community can be established just as well through other stories with more valuable content. The archetypal symbolism touches inwardly through its images, but it is precisely through these that it leads into a false direction of consciousness.

    Fairy tales as a literary form are particularly valuable, because of their intensive effect. What is decisive, however, is what content they pass on. The hidden messages of the Grimm folk tales are harmful to people.

  • December 3, 2022 at 8:02 am
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    3. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tale days

    Fairy tale days were held in Berlin (Germany) for the 33rd time this year from November 3 to 20, 2022. The 19th Hamburg Fairy tale days were held as a reading festival on one day, November 3. The Schleswig Fairy tale days entered its 13th round from October 31 to November 11. On the weekend of October 28 to 30, it was again time for the Fairy tale and Saga days in Reichelsheim. The 11th Niederzwehren (Kassel) Fairy tale days offered “fairy-tale events” from September 23 to October 2. In Bad Säckingen, Fairy tale days attracted visitors to the old town from October 21 to 23.

    These are some examples of the events that took place in the fall and call themselves “Fairy tale days”. Other than the fact that they all tie in with fairy tales and are held annually in the fall, these Fairy tale days don’t have too much in common. The goals range from literacy promotion projects primarily as interactive face-to-face readings in schools to sales marketing for stores. Some Fairy tale days offer a colorful, diverse program of lectures, readings, concerts and theatrical performances at one downtown location or else as individual events spread throughout the city. The objectives of the events range from entertainment to political education. Other Fairy tale days, in turn, involve storytellers visiting daycare centers, schools and senior citizens’ homes.

    Just as diverse as the objectives and contents of the Fairy tale days, are the participants. They include, of course, first of all the cities themselves and then, for example, kindergartens, schools, churches, clubs and associations, artists, sponsors, stores and marketing specialists. The Fairy tale days take place, among other places, in city centers, theaters, libraries, bookstores, museums and cafés.

    Overall, the Fairy tale days give the impression that it is not primarily about the fairy tales as such, but about the most diverse interests. These rather use the fairy tales as an appealing topic, in order to reach humans. In this respect, the fairy tales with their hidden harmful messages of consciousness are not needed as such. In fact, the fairy tales only distract from the actual objective. Revealed, positive educational objectives could be achieved more directly.

  • December 4, 2022 at 7:59 am
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    4. Fairy tale value ‒ value fairy tales: Fairy tales and spirituality

    Fairy tales are said to contain universal wisdom teachings, pass on the principle of eternal good, provide spiritual insights and appeal to the soul. According to the findings of neurobiology[1], this is said to have a positive effect right into the brain. However, neurobiology itself immediately states that this positive effect is not due to the content of the fairy tales, but to the process of telling and being told. The emotional centers in the brain are activated through exciting stories and thus the connections between the nerve cells are enhanced. Nevertheless, this has nothing to do specifically with fairy tales, but rather with the positive effect of told stories in general.

    If one disregards the general positive effect of stories told and refers specifically to fairy tales, three major life issues[2] in particular are mentioned. The first stated challenge is growing up. In fairy tales, there are almost no good parents, because it is said to be necessary to detach oneself from the expectations that small children had of them. In this respect, fairy tales are not recommended for young children, because in this stage of life it is very important to be able to rely on one’s parents as caring and good.

    As second life question is named the trust in love and goodness. The third life question, which is more likely to be found in the secondary characters, is seen as about saying goodbye. These two life questions can be summed up to what really counts as constant and sustaining in life. It is about what is important in life, about the meaning of life and about the love of the soul.

    Fairy tales inspire through their archetypal symbolism. They touch hidden things in consciousness, which is interpreted as universal wisdom teachings. The good end, it is assumed, is about the eternal good for which people long. The trials in the fairy tales are said to guide away from ego-centeredness to the decision for the higher truth.

    These positive messages are attributed to fairy tales, because they touch the unconscious through their pictorial language with archetypal symbolism. It is thus felt that fairy tales have something to say to the core of one’s being. Fairy tales do indeed have that to say. Only what exactly these fairy tale messages are, people do not get, because everything takes place in their unconscious.

    In this unconscious are, among other things, the universal access as well as the soul and divine consciousness content. Therefore, this good is felt in the unconscious, too, and from this, it is concluded that the fairy tale messages must be positive altogether. In addition, however, the unconscious also contains repressed contents and especially power claim. In fact, most hidden fairy tale messages are instructions on how the ego power claim overrides the soul. These fairy tale messages are not grasped by rational analysis, because the figurative instructions for it have their effect completely in the subconscious of the people.

    [1] Neurobiologist Gerald Hüther in the preface to „Märchen für die Seele“ (“Fairy Tales for the Soul”) by Heinrich Dickerhoff, 2010; this anniversary edition brings together the folk tales from three individual volumes of the European Fairy Tale Society, including many by the Brothers Grimm.

    [2] Heinrich Dickerhoff in „Märchen erzählen – Bilder von Träumen, Spiegel der Seele“ (“Telling Fairy Tales – Pictures of Dreams, Mirrors of the Soul”) by Spirit Online, 2021.

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