In forest educational theory the deep psychological relationship between the forest and human beings is reflected in the narratives of legends and fairy tales. Nonetheless, up until now the structure and dynamics of this relationship has not really been grasped and only inadequately described with catchy metaphors,such as «the forest as the subconscious». By a process of mapping Grimm's fairy tales and other tales and fables it becomes possible to develop a new perspective on the relationship between the forest and the human psyche, so that the biological role of the forest with its mythical component comes together to a significant whole. Important impulses can be drawn from this amalgamation for forest education and public relations endeavours.

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