Dąbrowski called his work the Theory of Positive Disintegration to reflect the central and positive role disintegration plays in development. He believed that some. Describes Kazimierz Dąbrowski’s theory of positive disintegration: A theory of personality development. The basic concepts of Dąbrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. In W. Tillier ( Ed.), Perspectives on the self: Proceedings of the Second Biennial Conference.

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At the highest levels, there is a new harmony of posirive, emotion and action that eliminates internal conflict. Level I includes both groups: The “status quo” explanations for the “way things are,” transmitted through education and by the social order collapse under conscious scrutiny.

Dąbrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration and its Relevance For the Gifted.

Instincts, drives and intellectual processes combined with emotions are dynamisms. As outlined, people at lower levels use talents to support egocentric goals or to climb the social and corporate ladders. Most conflicts are external. Emotional development, intellectual ability, and gender.

He called these features the first and second factors. The theory of positive disintegration has an extremely broad scope and has implications for many diaintegration. He called this initial integration Level I. Conflicts on the same level horizontal produce ambitendencies and ambivalences: This hierarchy of values comes to act as a benchmark by which all things are seen.

Positive disintegration

Psychological intensities in gifted adults. The appendix is titled: While recent work has focussed on the link between overexcitability and giftedness, developmental potential and giftedness are not synonymous, indeed, many most with developmental potential will didintegration be poaitive as gifted, and many gifted will display little overall developmental potential. Thus, this external value system absolves the individual of any individual responsibility.

The rote acceptance of social values yields to a critically examined and chosen hierarchy of values and aims that becomes a unique expression of the self — becoming one’s personality ideal. These two main qualitatively different stages and types of life are the heteronomous, which is biologically and socially determined unileveland the autonomous, which is determined by the multilevel forces of higher development. To be out of step is encouraged and seen as a feature of dabrowksi overall developmental journey.


In such development the creative instinct and empathy appear absent.

Type of development limited to one talent or ability, or to a narrow range of abilities and mental functions. International Journal of Psychiatry, 2, Mensa Bulletin, September, When a person perceives the higher choice, he or she feels that this is obviously the path one ought to follow.

Everyone has to find their own path for themselves. Although based in the nervous system, overexcitabilities are expressed psychologically through the development of structures that reflect the emerging self.

A person’s “relation to his environment becomes more and more conscious, clear, and determined.

Sensitive persons can certainly have mood disorders, but should not be mistaken for being chronically depressed only because of a pessimistic view of the future of the world or of their own abilities a pessimism which may well be accurate, as in the case of depressive realism.

Developmental potential represents a constellation of genetic features, expressed and mediated through environmental interaction. Behavior conforms to this inner standard of how life ought to be lived, and thus little inner conflict arises. The fact that she did not wish to transfer to another class or school seems to be explained by emotional exhaustion and, at the same time, an increasingly realistic attitude toward the environment and dqbrowski of interaction with it.

The individual forms a new image of his or her ideal personality. Second factor shapes creativity into forms that follow and support the existing social milieu.

This is a sign of partial, still insufficient, but clear rebuilding. As events in life are seen in relation to this multilevel, vertical view, it becomes impossible to support positions that favor the lower course when higher goals can be identified or imagined.


When genetic potentials are strong, environment plays less of a role. Assessing developmental potential in gifted children: Anti-psychiatry Antifragility Eustress Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development Personality psychology Personal development Posttraumatic growth Role suction.

The resolution of this phase begins as individually chosen values begin to replace social mores that have been ingrained by rote and are integrated into a new hierarchy of personal values. Bertalanffy was critical of psychology’s approach to the human as a lab rat. The fifth level also displays an integrated and harmonious character, but one vastly different from that at the first level.

His first work in English was done in Many of these children have to “find and walk their own path” often at the expense of fitting in with their social peers and even with their families. Patterns of overexcitability in a group of artists. The first and fifth levels are characterized by psychological integration, harmony, and little inner conflict.

The Theory of Positive Disintegration is a novel approach to personality development. The prominent features of this level are initial, brief, and often intense crises.

With this ideal as a guide, the lower aspects of the self are inhibited and higher goals and aspirations emphasized. This opportunity presents both creative possibilities and risks to the developing self. The individual expresses his or her talents energetically, through action, though art, through social change, etc.