The classic of child therapy. Dibs will not talk. He will not play. He has locked himself in a very special prison. And he is alone. This is the true. Wonderful. User Review – Suzanne S. – Borders. I love this book, I have read it 3 or 4 times in the 10 years since I first got it. I am always glued to it when I pick it. Virginia Mae Axline () Dibs in search of self: personality development in play therapy Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Virginia Axline.

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And he did, with remarkable results. He is permitted to do what he wants and Miss A. But it was with his father that was most intense disinterested, ch.

I have read this over and over and I will definitely read it again. It is also devoid of any explanation of how the entire family is able to change without any input. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

‘Dibs in Search of Self’ by Virginia Mae Axline

This site uses cookies: No trivia or quizzes yet. I found out that I am not unhappy when I feel love.

He does not talk at school. The book tells us how, if psychotherapy and love changed a child, and moved his parents to change as well, we need not feel disheartened in the presence of family dysfunction. His mother had said that she did not expect any change in Dibs and had offered him as raw data for study.

Dibs was subsequently tested at the end of his therapy and was found to score in the extremely gifted range, with an IQ of on the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test. To me such children have far higher IQ vitginia exhibiting such creativity! He has locked himself in a very special prison.

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Dibs in Search of Self : Personality Development in Play Therapy

Neill, A S Summerhill: Despite signs that he is giftedhis mother, father, and most of his teachers perceive him as having an emotional or cognitive disorder. A problem that is abandoned as being hard and unsolvable will never be solved, although it will continue to retain an unjust label. Despite these things, what I appreciated about the book is that Axline did explain step by step what she was doing and reasons why she was doing these things or not He had started as before walking round, touching and naming objects.


Although it’s an old book, the story of Dibs was timeless to me in many ways.

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I picked this book up at a conference several years ago and it sat seach my shelf until it was recommended by a therapist who trained me in Sandtray. The book is an easy read and can be completed in a couple hours. I’m not sure I believe this is nonfiction. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It delicately explores the many meanings hidden in children’s play and let’s us know that its one of the most important places to release their aggression and anxiety.

We must avoid letting the other person shirk responsibility for their own lives and decision-making. As educators, you must unlock the door of ignorance and prejudice and meanness. In Chapter 20 she recounts how Dibs had said there were three more times counting that day and had gone on to talk about their vacation on an island with his grandmother.

Apr 25, Laurelina rated it really virgina it. And his parents, despite their prior mistakes, made an effort to look into themselves, identify their mistakes and redeem their bonds with the child. As you said you wanted it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She had said that she was worried about Dibs — he was coming out of his room more often but looked unhappy.

Im in the psychology arena, it has been my experience that human beings take a long time in therapy in order to resolve issues such as Dibs’.

For example, early in the book she says, “In my opinion, the therapeutic value of this kind of psychotherapy is based upon the child’s experiencing himself as a capable, responsible person in a relationship that tries to communicate to him two basic truths: Anyway, I ran into a copy at the used bookstore and felt the need to re-experience it. He had gone to the easel, named and put all the colours in order, reading the labels, and had then made a colour wheel, spelling out each colour.


About Dibs in Search of Self The classic of child therapy.

Axline reaches out and treats the child as an adult, appealing to the mature and rational side of him, rather than babying him with child-talk and bribes. Perhaps when we experience confidence and faith and hope that we see materialize before our eyes this builds up within us a feeling of inner strength, courage and security.

In Chapter 11 she recounts axlinw he had created a little town with the toys and told of an incident when his father had insisted on Jake, the gardener, cutting down a branch that overhung his window against Dibs wishes. Virginia Axline was the main architect of non-directed play therapy and her account of her work in the early s with an emotionally disturbed five-six year old, which had a profound effect on her, has become a classic text.

Axline is brought in as a last resort, and in a series of play therapy sessions over a period of several months, cures him. In nursery school Dibs is very withdrawn and resists his teachers’ attempts to engage him. In their weekly sessions together, Axline incorporates the principles of non-directive play therapy.

In vitginia he was a brilliant, lonely child trapped in a prison of fear and rage, a prison from which only he could release himself. Nov 07, Eliza rated it really liked it. But when I read the prologue, then I changed my opinion tremendiously.