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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These crises involve alternatives that may appear to be different but ultimately are on the same level. They cannot shut out the world’s achingly subtle, fleeting beauty or its inexplicable cruelty and suffering.

First and Second Factors are both targets of the conflict in these crises: Art captures the innermost emotional states and is based on a deep empathy and understanding of the subject. Type of development limited to one talent or ability, or to a narrow range of abilities and mental functions.

Yablonsky elaborates how our modern society encourages “the emergence of robopathology. 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.

One’s disagreements with the lower level world are expressed compassionately in doing what one can to help achieve the “ought. Specifically, “a group of gifted children and young people aged 8 to 23” were examined p. First factor tends to channel giftedness and talents toward accomplishing self-serving goals.


Likewise, when the person feels it is proper, a social value is reviewed and may be rejected to be replaced by a self perceived higher alternative value. Mental growth through positive disintegration. Emotion and cognition become integrated and are reflected in a new approach to life — feelings direct and shape ideas, goals and ideals, one’s ideals work to express one’s feelings.

This higher level is associated with strong individual approaches to problem solving and creativity. Bertalanffy lamented that people were losing their autonomy in a stimulus-response society, a society where an individual does not need to reflect or to think but merely to respond, a society geared to positve external performance standards as measures of success. Journal of Advanced Academics.

Positive disintegration

The ‘ought to be’ of life can replace ‘the what is. In Level IV the person takes full control of his or her development. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 18, Journal of Creative Behavior, 19, His work always went against the grain.

Other authors have introduced the term “robopath” to describe the “unauthentic life” based on a robot-like reaction to life Bertalanffy, ; Yablonsky, During development, the clash between one’s actual behavior and environment and one’s imagined ideals creates a great deal of internal conflict. The person is encouraged to further explore his or her value structure especially as it relates to the rationale and justification of positions.

When he first arrived at the University of Alberta in aboutLeo Mos was asked to interview him with a panel of students from the Centre for Theoretical Psychology leading to a six-hour interview.

The second arm of developmental potential, specific abilities and talents, tends to serve the person’s developmental level.


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

The prominent features of this level are initial, brief, and often intense crises. Level III and above, autonomous multilevel. In this way, a person can apply conscious self development to transcend their visintegration, overcome biological instinct and rote socialization, and to consciously become the authentic human being they choose to be.

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 disihtegration the beginning of the war, informed his world view.

If the disintegration appears to fit into a developmental context, then the person is educated in the theory and encouraged to take disintegratiion developmental view of his or her situation and experiences.

They are expressive of a drive for psychic autonomy, especially moral autonomy, through transformation of a more or less primitively integrated structure.

In other positivf, to be maladjusted to a low level society is a positive feature. As Joseph Campbell described the knights on the Grail Quest: The experience of, and dabrowksi to, crises are a very important aspect of this approach and people are encouraged to experience personal crises with a positive and developmental view.

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