MARTOR no. 28 / year 2023

Witches in Fairy Tales and their Use in Therapy. Interview with Gréta Vaskor

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Gréta Vaskor
Hand in Hand Foundation, and John Wesley College, Hungary

Gréta Vaskor is both a family and couple therapist and a fairy tale therapist; she works within the family therapy services of the Hand in Hand Foundation and teaches in the Complex Art and Fairy Tale Therapy major at John Wesley College.

Tünde Komáromi
Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Hungary

Tünde Komáromi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. She carried out three different long-term fieldworks in Romania and Russia. Her research areas: the social significance of the ideology of witchcraft (based on historical sources and contemporary research); magical and religious healing; interethnic and interreligious relations in Transylvania; contemporary Russian and Romanian Orthodoxy; orthodox religious communities (monastic communities, communities formed in the sphere of influence of priests, churches); post-Soviet conversion stories; demonic possession; exorcism; contemporary orthodox demonology.

PAGES: 191-204

KEYWORDS: Folktale; fairy tale; narratives; therapy; witches; magic.

ABSTRACT: Fairy tales (and other narratives) are used as therapeutic tools in therapy. Stories about witches and magic, including spells, mobilize the emotions and the mind of the patient and help them providing patterns and suggesting solutions. This interview is a dialog between an anthropologist specialized in the anthropology of witchcraft and magic and a psychotherapist trained in family and individual therapy using fairy tale therapy in combination with other methods.


Vaskor, Gréta, Tünde Komáromi. 2023. “Witches in Fairy Tales and their Use in Therapy. Interview with Gréta Vaskor.” Martor 28: 191-204. [DOI: 10.57225/Martor.2023.28.12]

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