There has been extensive analysis over the years by the psychiatric community as well as the psychotherapy pundits about Life Messages from Fairy Tales
Much of the writing and even discussions in graduate schools have been on the predictable nature of the characters.
In fact, I was interviewed while active in the Transactional Analysis community and a newspaper article was published in 1970, a year after I was full time in my private psychotherapy practcice. I was quoted on how I asked new clients what their favorite childhood fairy tales were. From how they told me their recollections, I was able to learn what their early life decisions were that were still keeping them tethered to their past.
Many of my collegues and clients use to think mostly about the negative Life Messages From Fairy Tales.
In analyzing the other side of these characters, I have come to realize that each of them used their power of femme, resourcefulness, sense of self-respect, and the power of believing. They finally meet a selfless, loving, brave, and rich prince. Hmm, does the recent Royal wedding in England have these qualities?
Would you really want to teach your children anything less?
Snow White made a wonderful difference in the lives of the dwarves. They showed their appreciation by chasing the witch off a cliff.
Cindy worked and believed and hoped and hoped and prayed and visualized her dream and got what she wanted. Rich in lessons, her bitchy sisters are left cleaning the castle.
Aurora had no friends as a kid. Bummer! She was betrothed to a guy who’d slay a dragon to protect her.
Ariel had the where with all to break the rules and explore the world. No one could keep her from going after her heart’s desire which was being part of the human world.
Belle was self-educated and very intelligent. Her character encourages compassion, literacy, self-respect. Her “beast” (prince) threw her aggressive stalker off a rooftop.
Jasmine refused to be chattel in a society and era where she’d be beheaded for her behavior. She was yet another adventuresome and intelligent female heroine with guts, whose man appreciates a strong female.
I am not rich like the “hero” prince in these stories.
But I have slain more than one dragon for my Princess Carol; and, I appreciate her resourcefulness, intelligence, ever expanding goals, and personality.
And we both realize that men think they are running the world but are only able to do so under the influence of the power of femme.
Wouln’t you agree that I have truly learned Life Lessons From Fairy Tales?
Virgil Beasley, Psy.D.
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