Translation of: Gelebte Marchen.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-133) and index.
--1. Fairy tale and dream. --2. The symbolic language of fair tales. --3. Are fairy tales only for children? --4. Fairy-tale motifs in dreams and fantasies. --5. One's favorite fairy tale from childhood. --6. Cruelty in fairy tales. --7. The fairy tale as a source of structure in the process of emotional development. --Epilogue.
'By the use of case histories, Dr. Dieckmann recounts ways in which "the greatest treasures of the soul" can be revealed in fairy tales. He graphically shows how many fairy tales can give "color and vivacity to a life grown empty, sterile, and desolate." Dr. Dieckmann interprets the symbolic significance of many individual fairy tales and relates their meanings to various stages of a person's development.'