Dibs: In Search of Self

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Mansion, 1964 - Child psychiatry - 220 pages
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Dibs in Search of Self is a book by clinical psychologist and author Virginia Axline published in 1964.[1] The book chronicles a series of play therapy sessions over a period of one year with an emotionally crippled boy (Dibs) who comes from a wealthy and highly educated family. Despite signs that he is gifted, his mother, father, and most of his teachers perceive him as having an emotional or cognitive disorder. Dibs presents abnormal social behavior by continuously isolating himself, rarely speaking, and physically lashing out at those around him. When Axline first meets Dibs's parents, they describe her as their son's last hope. The book details the interactions between Dibs and Axline and utilizes actual session transcripts for dialogue.
 

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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 up, even though I already know the ending. Read full review

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I read this book initially about 37 years ago and it stuck with me and I never forgot it and didn't know it's significance but did know that there was a significance even at the age of 13 years old. I am just starting to read it again and since have worked with several children with autism as a nurse in the schools and community. I can't wait to start reading it again and see how it affects me almost 37 years later.  

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Chapter One
13
Chapter Two
20
Chapter Three
33
Chapter Four
40
Chapter Five
48
Chapter Six
60
Chapter Seven
68
Chapter Thirteen
127
Chapter Fourteen
139
Chapter Fifteen
150
Chapter Sixteen
156
Chapter Seventeen
163
Chapter Eighteen
170
Chapter Nineteen
177
Chapter Twenty
183

Chapter Eight
82
Chapter Nine
94
Chapter Ten
102
Chapter Eleven
109
Chapter Twelve
117
Chapter TwentyOne
189
Chapter TwentyTwo
195
Chapter TwentyThree
201
Chapter TwentyFour
210
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