Dibs in Search of Self: The renowned, deeply moving story of an emotionally lost child who found his way back

Dibs in Search of Self: The renowned, deeply moving story of an emotionally lost child who found his way back

by Virginia M. Axline

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Dibs in Search of Self: The renowned, deeply moving story of an emotionally lost child who found his way back by Virginia M. Axline

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 story of how he learned to reach out for the sunshine, for life . . . how he came to the breathless discovery of himself that brought him back to the world of other children.

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ISBN-13: 9780345339256
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1986
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 82,954
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Virginia Axline (1911-1988) was a pioneer of play therapy for children.

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Dibs in Search of Self 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of how a child can completely turn around and come out of his withdrawn world when someone actually believes in his true potential. If you are interested in helping children, this is a must read! It will inspire you to not give up on any child, because you never know what lies underneath...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Virginia Axline's moving 'Dibs in Search of Self' has probably impacted my life more than any other book I have read. I read this book at age 16, while in my first year as a summer camp counselor. The empathy and emotion she shows in her writing struck a chord with me, and inspired me to take a similar look at helping children. I am now on the road to becoming a child psychologist. I have worked with children with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression, and I can attest to the reality of the thoughts, reactions, and emotions of both child and therapist. This book is a seminal work, and I recommend it to anyone who works with children.
SkyeLove More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful and touching. A book anyone could learn from whether you are a teacher, a parent or you just want to understand people better. Very well done.
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Idaho-Sunshine More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most influential and relevant books concerning understanding the psychi of a young child that I have ever read. You cannot read this book and not re-evalutate how you want to raise your child. I bought each of my brothers and sisters (8 total) a copy I felt it was that important. I would love to know what he did following college and with his own family. Buy it..Read it!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dibs is an amazing read for anyone seeking to understand children and how this effects their behavior and learning abilities. Teachers can learn how emotions and relationships children have in their nuclear homes and in other roles they are a member of, affect their behavior, thoughts and overall growth as human beings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good tool for someone learning about play therapy
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF you enjoy a child called it this book is for you. It goes into the mind of a child who is dismissed by his parents. It really shows the need of children to be loved and spend time with their parents. In our current world money, jobs, and self have come before our children. This book brings to life the need of society to rethink our priorities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I would recommended it to all parents and teachers. It is an uplifting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you dont read it all at once it gets super boring. I like it a lot but you have to read it in like a week two at the most before its starts to drag on. If you dont have time don't read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dibs is a young boy who goes to a private school . He suffers from tantrums and headaches . No one knows how to help him not even his own parents .Until a sweet lady comes across and helps the young boy suceed in life and helps him with what he can by giving him therapy . If you enjoy helping children or people I recommend you this book because you learn about the problems that children have today and you can see how people try to understand them and help them .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dibs is not all that fascinating. While the idea that play therapy can work so quickly is nice, it's not likely to happen in real life. Other reviewers have stated that it gives mothers a bad wrap. I think it gives Dibs' mother a bad wrap, but doesn't imply that 'mothers' are all causing emotional disturbances in their children. It was okay, but I won't be recommending it to anyone in my reading circle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this for the first time in high school over 25 years ago,my mother gave it to me because I did volunteer work with mental challenged youth.This book made such an impact on the road I took in life. I've spent many years working in Spec. Ed with the Emotionally Disturbed, I have read others reviews and must add that from my observation most of these children with problems seem to be products of their environment, and while some seem to be offended/or defensive by this, it's still true. Eye opening to situations most of us never consider.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an interesting book at first, but then it just repeats itself and gets VERY boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Children with special needs are subjected to many therapies -- some of more value than others. There's precious little science behind this kind of 'therapy' (as described in this book), and I have to agree with the reviewer who is fed up with the 'blame the mother' attitudes of too many self-promoting child therapists.