1. 10

    The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.

    137
  2. 9

    Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.

    149
  3. 8

    Play is the most natural method of self-healing that childhood affords.

    155
  4. 7

    The sense of identity provides the ability to experience one's self as something that has continuity and sameness, and to act accordingly.

    169
  5. 6

    Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. Others have called this deepest quality confidence, and I have referred to trust as the earliest positive psychosocial attitude, but if life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.

    184
  6. 5

    Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom.

    200
  7. 4

    There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding.

    213
  8. 3

    The richest and fullest lives attempt to achieve an inner balance between three realms: work, love and play.

    230
  9. 2

    In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.

    269
  10. 1

    Adolescents need freedom to choose, but not so much freedom that they cannot, in fact, make a choice.

    279
  11. Last Update: 21 June 2021

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