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Dibs in Search of Self is a book written by the author, Virginia Axline. The author is a clinical psychologist and an author. Published in 1964, this book tells the story of a boy named Dibs who is emotionally crippled. In her book, the author tells about her experience with the boy and how her play therapy sessions went with the boy.

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In her book, the author talks about Dibs, who belongs to a very wealthy family. According to Axline, he is quite gifted but her parents and teachers do not believe him to be so. They think he is emotionally crippled and lacks cognitive powers. He stays away from everyone and is not very social. He tends to lash out at everyone who tries to come near him and does not talk to people around him. His parents tell Axline that she is their last hope in terms of their son. The book contains actual dialogues that took place between Axline and Dibs.

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  • Axline uses a different technique when dealing with Dibs. She lets him do whatever he wants to do during his play therapy time.
  • This approach works and after some time, Dibs starts to open up to people around him.
  • After his therapy, Dibs was tested and his IQ level came out to be 168. He was extremely gifted and after his therapy, he also became more social than he previously was.
  • This book helps a lot in therapy sessions and it is also used to treat many child patients these days.

Table of Contents:



  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
  8. Chapter 8
  9. Chapter 9
  10. Chapter 10
  11. Chapter 11
  12. Chapter 12
  13. Chapter 13

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