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Sapountzis, I. (2017). The Sleeping Beauty and the Therapist’s Gaze: Commentary on Hours and Mayers’s Article on Finding a Path toward Re-Enchantment. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 16(3):206-208.

(2017). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 16(3):206-208

The Sleeping Beauty and the Therapist’s Gaze: Commentary on Hours and Mayers’s Article on Finding a Path toward Re-Enchantment

Ionas Sapountzis, Ph.D.

In their article, Hours and Mayers make the case that in the imaginary world of fairy tales children have an opportunity to engage and symbolize and also to reflect on the experiences and motives of imaginary characters. This was the case with 8-year-old Barbara who responded to the fairy tales that were narrated to the group by joining in and beginning to share her ideas and reactions. In this commentary, it is argued that it was not just the experience of enchantment that enabled Barbara to begin to listen more attentively to the stories and to engage with her peers. It was also her experience of the narrator's gaze, the therapist who wanted to tell a story to her to make her feel enchanted by all the images and emotions stories can evoke to anyone who listens to them.

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