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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Other exciting avenues have begun, for example, efforts to counsel the gifted to help them see their overexcitabilities and disintegrations as positive features Ogburn-Colangelo, Third factor is important in creativity for positige reasons: Socialization without individual examination leads to a rote and robotic existence the “robopath” described by Ludwig von Disinegration.

Although based in the nervous system, overexcitabilities come to be expressed psychologically through the development of structures that reflect the emerging autonomous self.

Over time, this ‘new’ conscious shaping of the personality comes to reflect an individual ‘personality ideal,’ an integrated hierarchy of values describing the sense of whom one wants to be and how one wants to live disinttegration. Behaviour becomes less reactive, less automatic, and more deliberate as behavioral choices fall under the influence of the person’s higher, chosen ideals.

Always, only some of the teachers and some of the other students will like me.

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

The dynamics of concepts. When her parents discussed with her the possibility of moving to another class or another school, she replied: Other authors have introduced the term “robopath” to describe the “unauthentic life” based on a robot-like reaction to life Bertalanffy, ; Yablonsky, Most people become socialized in their early family and school experiences. Fundamentally, Maslow described self-actualization as a process where sisintegration self is accepted “as is”, so both higher and lower aspects of the self are actualized.


Her anxieties increased; she became resentful, slept badly, lost weight, and was either irritable or withdrawn. Combined with imaginational and intellectual OE, these people have a powerful perception of the world. They advance their own goals at the expense of others.

A truly amazing resource! Secondary integration is the outcome of the full process of positive disintegration. As events in life are seen in relation to this multilevel, vertical view, it becomes impossible to support positions that favour the lower course when higher goals can be identified or imagined.

Discrepancies between values and behavior are highlighted.

Positive disintegration

In the course of positive multilevel disintegration primitive, animalistic drives and structures are subject to a disintegration, that is weakening, loosening and even total destruction under disintegrarion impact of developmental dynamisms cf. Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice. Here, obstacles arise that challenge the individual. Especially at Level V, problem solving and art represent the highest and noblest features of human life.

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. This conflict literally motivates the individual to resolve the situation, ideally by inhibiting those aspects he or she considers lower and by accentuating those aspects he disontegration she considers higher.


Level II is a transitional period.

The key points of the theory of positive disintegration.

Using a positive definition, mental health reflects more than social conformity: He believed that it oositive crucial to balance one’s development. Conflicts on the same level horizontal produce ambitendencies and ambivalences: These positions often conflict with the status quo of a lower society “positive maladjustment”.

The gifted child, or the suicidal teen, or the troubled artist is often experiencing the features of the TPD and if they accept and understand the meaning of their feelings and crises, they can move ahead, not fall apart. A fairly high degree of primary integration is present in the average person; a very high degree of primary integration is present in the psychopath”.

If a person does not have the developmental potential to move into a multilevel view, then they would fall back from the crises of level II to reintegrate at level I.

Suicide is a significant risk in dxbrowski acute phases of this stress. Level II is a transitional period. Disintegration is multilevel or verticalif there are conflicts between higher and lower levels of instinctive, emotional or intellectual functions, e. Genetic Psychology Monographs, Level I is heteronomous, aka unilevel.