Like many types of stories, fairytales typically have a deeper meaning. Often, this meaning is of psychological significance. Psychologists Freud and Jung offer differing opinions on the psychological make-up of a person’s brain, and how it functions, leading to differing interpretations in the psychological undertones of fairytales.

                Jung believed in a “collective unconscious,” or a series of memories and experiences that are shared by the human race. This phenomenon is used to explain the similarities among fairytales and stories across many different cultures. Because people share experiences, it follows that they have similar stories.

                Fairytales also contain archetypes, which the unconscious associates with certain things. For instance, a wise old man triggers the unconscious to be reminded of older people who offer advice, and is often a god-like figure in stories.

                Because fairytales often have heroes, they can include an archetypal hero’s journey. In these journeys, heroes often have a difficult birth or childhood and have to find some way to triumph and fulfill their destinies.

                The psychological undertones of fairytales, cause people to interpret them in certain ways. Because of the way the brain makes associations, people can pick up deeper meanings in fairytales, than merely the story on the surface.

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