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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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Positive disintegration

These personal value ideals become the personality ideal: These disparities are driven by overexcitability — an intense fisintegration to, and experience of the day-to-day stimuli of life. Secondary integration is evident in M ‘s new appreciation of herself and others but is still combined with a feeling of disappointment and a certain degree of compromise. He called this initial integration Level I.

Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego. Roeper Review, 15, Here, pro social is a genuine cultivation of social interactions based on higher values. Psychological basis of self-mutilation. This hierarchy of values comes to act as disinegration benchmark by which all things are seen.

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

She obtained marks that were fairly good, but much lower than in her former school. The positlve important of these conceptualizations are dynamisms: Often talents are used in antisocial or asocial ways.

The individual is behaving in accord with their own personality ideal and consciously derived value structure and therefore feels no internal conflict.

Multilevelness and developmental potential. If the disintegration appears to fit into a developmental context, then the person is educated in the theory and encouraged to take a developmental view of his or her situation and experiences. Ultimately, the individual is literally thrust into a void: Social mores are reviewed and re-accepted possitive a conscious internalization when the individual feels it is appropriate.

The actions of others and the ethics of the prevailing social order become psoitive as inadequate, wrong or hypocritical. Suicide is a significant risk in the acute phases of this stress.


At this level, each person develops his or her own vision of how life ought to be. His books are long out of print and rare, and his papers are held by a few people but not circulated.

In the shift to multilevelness, the “horizontal” unilevelstimulus-response model of life is replaced by a vertical and hierarchical analysis. Self-Actualization as a developmental structure: There are no techniques to eliminate symptoms because the symptoms constitute the very psychic richness from which grow an increasing awareness of body, mind, humanity and cosmos.

Behavior and one’s talents and creativity are funneled into forms that follow and support the existing social milieu. The idealized self is consciously constructed based on both emotional and cognitive foundations. This causes more conflicts focused on the person’s analysis of his or her own reactions to the world at large and of the behavior of self and others.

This higher level is associated with strong individual approaches to problem solving and creativity. Giftedness as multilevel potential: Sources of human psychological differences: Rather than trying to rapidly ameliorate symptoms, this approach encourages individuals to fully experience their feelings and to try to maintain a dabrowsk and developmental orientation to what they may perceive as strong depression or posiitve.

Suicide is a significant risk in the acute phases of this stress. The first and fifth levels are characterized by psychological integration, harmony and little inner conflict. These vertical comparisons often illustrate the lower, actual behavior of a person in contrast to higher, imagined ideals and alternative idealized choices.

The theory suggests individual developmental potentials are important factors in determining the course of personality growth.

To be out of step is encouraged and seen as a feature of the overall developmental journey. After good progress in one school she was moved to another, more extroverted system, where the teachers were prone to superficial appreciation of their students, basing their opinions on the pupil’s boldness and originality.

One’s disagreements with the lower level world are expressed compassionately in doing what one can to help achieve the “ought”.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Social maladjustment is also encouraged, particularly when it is positive and based on individually thought-out values. Psychoneurotic symptoms should be embraced and transformed into anxieties about human problems of an ever higher order. This attitude reflects one’s growth, and at the highest levels, “individuals of this kind feel responsible for the realization of justice and for the protection of others against harm and injustice.


He also described a third factor of influence, a factor emerging from but surpassing heredity – “its activity is autonomous in relation to the first factor hereditary and the second environmental factor. Of the 80 youth studied, 30 were “intellectually gifted” and 50 were from “drama, ballet, and plastic art schools” p.

The key points of the theory of positive disintegration.

Social forces shape expectations. In disinteyration view, the dynamic interaction is an important factor and the effect that the individual has on shaping his or her experience is recognized.

These higher, individual values characterize a second integration reflecting individual autonomy. Another problem has been language. In this context, suffering has a positive role in human psychology.

Advanced development is dabrowaki seen in people who exhibit strong developmental potential “DP”. The most widely known instrument, the Overexcitability Questionnaire—Two, has poor psychometric properties.

His experience as a victim of medical torture for several months as a member of the Polish resistancebeing only one of the 36 surviving psychiatrists in Poland out of the practicing at the beginning of the war, informed his world view.

The most apparent and perhaps most fundamental aspect of developmental potential is overexcitability, a heightened physiological experience of sensory stimuli resulting from increased neuronal sensitivities. In level IV the individual takes full control of his disitnegration her development. The association between OE and giftedness appears to be borne out in the research Lysy and Piechowski ; Piechowski ; Piechowski and Miller This site was developed by, and is maintained by Bill Tillier, e-mail: