Archives of Sandplay Therapy
Online ISSN : 2186-117X
Print ISSN : 0916-3662
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The Symbolism of Dolls and Their Role in Clinical Psychology
Kazuto HISHIDA
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2012 Volume 25 Issue 2 Pages 51-61

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Dolls are very close to us. This is also true in the field of psychotherapy. Dolls are used in play therapy and in sandplay therapy. Thus, it is meaningful to discuss the use of dolls in these therapies. When we think about dolls, what may be a characteristic feature is that people play with dolls. Different from other human-shaped things, an individual plays with dolls. With that characteristic, dolls have duality: they are a part of “I” although they are not “I.” Because dolls have such a gray existence, they have been used as a hitogata on which people place their hopes or sufferings. In the field of psychotherapy, dolls continue to be a gray existence that underlies our thoughts and sufferings.

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