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Fairy tale psychology, fairy tale therapy

2016, 2017




Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Primary and Pre-School Education, Hungarian Educators’ Association 

2014. Nov. 20-21


A gyermekkultúra jelen(tőség)e


László Juhász – Anita Siklós

 Institutionalized Story Therapy – Abstract

Our study presents a new health promotional tale-based game program for middle-group and older-group preschoolers and its positive effects as regards mood, behavior and health indicators. Anita Siklós worked with the developer of the program, László Juhász, from October 2011 to mid-November carrying out research and therapeutic practice at the Ezüstfenyő Art Kindergarten of Budapest.

The head of the institution, Lászlóné Balogh, the children as well as the parents all took part enthusiastically in the experiment. A total of 136 people took part in the experiment (68 children and 68 parents), the final sample contains data from 60 children and 60 parents. Three year old children were excluded from the examined sample. The children’s average age was 5 and a half, (minimum of 4 years of age, a maximum of 6, deviation: 0.82).

Pre-research yielded results on the efficacy of the program to be developed. The goal is to implement a story therapy method, based on research uncovering the effects of tale psychology, that can be used in the group setting of  a kindergarten and which is based on the two basic needs of preschool children, stories and playing. Through these the program wishes to improve the children’s mood, facilitate the immune system, develop their physical and mental health, decrease the number of health related absences and increase the frequency of prosocial behavior. We examined several hypotheses. We only published the results of a few in the article. The program is structured in modules and contains a 1 day and a 3 day story and game therapy session. In order to attain the planned effect the activities were sequenced in determined, controlled units of time and we have briefly summarized one of each. During the study we examined three groups of kindergarteners, two of which took part in the program while the third was free of intervention. The first group (N=19) took part in the full program, the second group (N=18) only took part in the 1 day module of the program and the third group (N=23) did not take part in the program; they were the control group. The motto of the first day’s module was ‘Please Help!‘, because it was built on the act of helping others and providing social support. The three day program has a variety of different psychological effects which we have discussed in detail in our article. During the course of the study we used the SDQ (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire), CARIFS (Canadian Acute Respiratory Infection and Flu Scale) and a pictorial Likert Scale as well as our own questionnaire along with the statistics on the children’s absences due to health issues. The results show that in several cases when their data was compared with that of control group after the programs the children who took part in the programs displayed significantly higher indicators of mood, health (for example: cold, flu, flu-like symptoms, upper respiratory complaints, coughing) and prosocial behaviors. A further positive, unexpected effect of the program was that it strengthened cooperation between parents and the institution as well as within the families. The results encourage us to continue research as the effects have been significant and we expect these effects to be generational, extending from individuals to families, society and the national economy (for example: stress leading to illness, production loss, decreasing health expenses, in the long run, a physically and mentally healthier generation).

Key words: cold, help, health promotion, emotion, game therapy, influenza, laughter, positive suggestion, psychoneuroimmunology, social support, story therapy, tale psychology. 

 The complete study can be downloaded in Hungarian:  (pp. 212-224 )


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Healing Tales and Reading


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Researchers' Night in Hungary

1088 Budapest, Reviczky u. 4



Juhász László

Morality in tales, myths and reality


The interactive workshop is an extended version of the lecture presented at the 23rd National Convention of the Hungarian Psychology Association in 2013. The main aim is to prove that the content and structural changes in fairy tales reflect the universal thinking of humanity and is key to its development. The changes in morality and rules – whether individuals or the society abide by them or not – serve the purposes of survival, development and wellbeing. The statements will be supported by intercultural research findings, as well as direct and indirect methods.


The methodology of the lectures uses partly V. J. Propp’s morphological methodology of analyzing Russian fairy tales, and new methods in psychology. With the help of these, stories, such as the fall of humanity in the Bible, or the evaluation scene in the Egyptian Book of the Dead will be reinterpreted. Two popular Hungarian fairy tales will also be shown with regards to the various forbidden motives appearing in other tales. As it will be concluded, morality, handling of the rules, flouting these are keys to individual and societal development.


Various examples to support the statements above will include a short video showing daily pedagogical routine, an ancient Papua fairy tale, overview of recent Hungarian studies and an example from the Hungarian Constitution. Following these, participants can explore their moral behavior and preference towards rules and will discuss how their own self-esteem and development is dependent on their preferences.


Key words: Constitution, morality, development, self-esteem, free will




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Fairy tale psychology in one minute



Hungarian Psychological Society’s 

XXVIth National Scientific Assembly

 University of Szeged   

1-3. June, 2017.


Story hero method story diagnostic and

therapy method ® 


The 90-minute, interactive theoretical and practical workshop has as its goal a cooperation with the audience, using their own experiences in order to present the projective method which has been under development by the author since 2005. Using the instructions consisting of nine sentences, the subjects being examined prepare their own stories.  The wide range of diagnostic possibilities are based on one of the tools of narrative psychology, on an analysis of the contents and common themes.  In the course of the analysis the three jointly analyzed focus stories, the students become familiar with analyzing characters, attributes,  and needs, analyzing the content or concept of the symptom- or problem-centric stories, together with the therapy these examples suggest.  The workshop ends with a video, which shows how the method was used to help a mother of several children find closure to her chronic mourning which had lasted twenty years.  The recommended maximum attendance is 25 people. Keywords:  focus stories, diagnostic, narratives, problem-centred, projective therapy, symptom-oriented, therapy. 


Thinking otherwise?

2nd conference on early child age cognition development

Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Primary and Pre-School Education, Hungarian Educators’ Association, Móra Publishing House

1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A

24. May, 2017.



Magical cognition

Appetizer from the lecture’s abstract

"The lecture combined with an interactive, theoretical and practical methodological presentation – without the requirement of completeness – introduces the possible connection of magic tales and certain rhyme-tales (e.g. chain tales), their cognitive and memory processes, memory organizational characteristics, strategies from the early child age to end of pre-school age. "


"What could be the reason that the conclusion of our fairytale listening period universally ends at an identical age, around the age of 11-12?"


 "The theoretical part is concluded by a short practical presentation based on the lessons learned from an experiment conducted on children in the 1980s on several continents, in which the presenter illustrates a culture independent, fairytale based memory organizational strategy, with the assistance of the audience, the psychological and methodological preparation studies of which are commencing in this autumn, in the fairytale workshop of Károli Gáspár University Institute of Psychology."

Key words: cognition, chain tale, fairytale, magic tale, memory organization, pre-operational period, Piaget



Pszichoterápia folyóirat

(Journal of Psychotherapy) 

13th conference. 


Psychotherapy and the effect of counseling 

MOM Cultural Centre

12-13. May, 2017.




 Story hero method story diagnostic and

therapy method ® 

short introduction together with discussion


A projective method that has been under continuous development since 2005, using stories, narrative psychology, psychoanalysis, art therapy, and multidisciplinary results.  The subjects being examined independently write stories using the nine sentences, using instructions typical for the projective tests.  Using the big 30 personality test, the stories are analyzed for their content and frequency.  Statistical test results for comfortable small-scale research are used to come to research conclusions, and the case studies shown prove the method’s viability as a diagnostic device.  Using professional training and practice, the narratives are analyzed and broken down, by both professionals and anyone willing to learn the method, which can be learned in a brief time. The presentation describes the types of personalities, attributes, and archetypes and their relationships, and how to analyze these. (For example problem- or  symptom-centric stories’ content, conceptual determination, its diagnosis, the relationship with the latter to the contemporary clinical– DSM-IV, DSM-5 – diagnostic system, which can be used to increase the number of measured variables of the method in accordance with the mental state corresponding to various types of mental conditions.) The end of the presentation is a detailed case study, and a video, which shows the relationship of this therapy to other types of therapy.  One of the limitations of the method is age (recommended from the age of 7 and up), which can be reduced if the appropriate methodological and ethical rules are followed.  Further, various circumstances limit the ability to control the conditions under which the stories were written, the difficulty of this is shown, and representative samples (healthy or pathological), as well as the lack of national standardization, validation, and reliability investigations. A long-term objective is to overcome these barriers.