Dibs: In Search of Self

Dibs: In Search of Self

by Virginia M. Axline
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Dibs: In Search of Self by Virginia M. Axline

In 1947, Virginia Axline introduced professional psychotherapists to a new way of working with children called Nondirective Play Therapy. In 1964, she introduced the rest of the world to "Dibs". Dibs is silent. Dibs is a mystery to his parents and teachers. Dibs cannot be reached no matter how hard they try. He hides under tables and lashes out at other children. Some think he's incapable of learning and interacting in a regular classroom. Some think he's emotionally disturbed. Everyone is desperate to fix him, except for "Miss A". "Miss A," as Dibs calls her, believes that Dibs already knows the answers and can show her what he needs if she is patient enough, accepting enough, and observant enough. Dibs' parents think she's wasting her time trying to watch him play. He doesn't play and he doesn't talk. Dibs' mother finally agrees to let Miss A try her methods, but she's not holding her breath. "Miss A" then introduces Dibs and us to her special play room, where children can be just exactly who they truly are. The room is not magical, but the relationship between therapist and child is. In the safety and freedom of this special relationship, we begin to see what Axline meant when she first encouraged therapists to offer children the opportunity to "play out these feelings" and "realize the power within [themselves]". "A 'must read' classic for play therapists!" -- Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Co-Founder and Director Emeritus, The Association for Play Therapy "There are many books on play therapy theory. There are many books on play therapy techniques. There is only one book that goes beyond theory and technique, getting to the heart of what play therapy is all about. Dibs captures the depth of connection and life-changing impact that play therapy can engender between a child and a therapist." -- Nick Cornett, PhD, LPC, LMFT, RPT, Assistant Professor, John Brown University

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158899379
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 231,011
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Virginia Mae Axline (1911–1988) was born in Fort Wayne Indiana and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. After teaching elementary school for several years, she became a graduate student at Ohio State University where she began collaborating with Carl Rogers. In 1945, Rogers opened the University of Chicago Counseling Center and Axline served as one of his research associates, developing her own approach to child counseling, grounded in the person-centered principles Rogers set forth for working with adults. Axline’s approach came to be known as Nondirective Play Therapy and later, Child-Centered Play Therapy. In 1947, Axline published Play Therapy in which she explained her groundbreaking theory of child psychotherapy. In 1950, Axline completed her Doctor of Education degree at Columbia University Teachers College, where she would teach for several years before returning to Ohio. In 1964, Axline published Dibs: In Search of Self, which became popular among professionals and parents alike. While the story of a young boy breaking out of his self-imposed silence gained recognition, Axline slipped into a quieter life for herself. She continued both her teaching career at Ohio State University and her private practice, but declined opportunities to be in the spotlight. Virginia Axline was buried next to her mother, father, and older sister.

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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.
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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.