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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Genetic Psychology Monographs,19, Psychotherapy, preventive measures, dusintegration changes in living conditions consciously applied to oneself in order to control possible mental disequilibrium. He pursued a lifelong obsession with self-mutilation resulting in his semi-autobiographical work, “Psychological Disontegration of Self Mutilation.

The conflict is resolved when one of the structures is eliminated, or at least comes under complete control of another structure. Gifted Child Quarterly, 28, As development proceeds, the environment shapes the person less while the person shapes the environment more. Developmental potential of the gifted. They advance their own goals at the expense of others. He selects from it elements on which he places value. Developmental potential and the growth of self. This period is the crossroads of development as from here one must either progress or regress.

The third aspect of developmental potential DPwhich is simply referred to as ‘the third factor’, is a drive toward individual growth and autonomy.

Robopaths have what Kierkegaard called ‘sickness unto death'” Yablonsky,p. Advanced development is often seen in people who exhibit strong developmental potential “DP”.

The key points of the theory of positive disintegration.

Often a person’s external focus shifts to ‘making the world a better place. Behaviour conforms to this inner standard of how life “ought” to be lived and thus, little inner conflict arises in one’s life. When the person’s actual behaviour falls short of the ideal, disharmony and a drive to review and reconstruct one’s life often follow.


Conflicts on the same level horizontal produce ambitendencies and ambivalences: Psychopathy in everyday life. The first and fifth levels are characterized by psychological integration, harmony, and little inner conflict.

These overexcitabilities, especially the latter three, often cause a person to experience daily life more intensely and to feel the extremes of the joys and sorrows of life profoundly. Yablonsky uses the term robopath “to describe people whose pathology entails robot-like behavior and existence. All of the materials published in English are available as are the majority of the Polish books. As well, our educational, political, corporate, and media systems are self-promoting and discourage real examination or individual autonomy—the second factor.

The individual forms a new image of his or her ideal personality. Behaviour conforms to this inner standard of how life “ought” to be lived and thus, little inner conflict arises in one’s life. A person whose DP is high enough will generally undergo disintegration, despite any external social or family efforts to prevent it.

At higher levels, specific talents and abilities become an important force as they are channelled by the individual’s value hierarchy into expressing and achieving the person’s vision of his or her ideal personality and his or her view of what “ought to be” in the world. Mental growth through positive disintegration. You can see the previous posted messages at: Truly visionary works, works that are unique and novel, are created by individuals expressing a vision unrestrained by convention.

One’s disagreements with the lower level world are expressed compassionately in doing what one can to help achieve the “ought. This hierarchy of values comes to act as a benchmark by which all things are seen. Bertalanffy was critical of psychology’s approach to the human as a lab rat.

However, if a society becomes corrupt, people strongly influenced by second factor will not dissent.

Positive disintegration

They largely accept the values and mores of society with little question and have no internal conflict in abiding by the basic tenents of society. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.


Crises are spontaneous and posutive on only one level. The person consciously reviews his or her existing belief system and tries to replace his or her lower, automatic views and reactions with carefully thought-out, examined and chosen ideals. 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.

He said that the overall developmental profile is critical. Personality-shaping through positive disintegration. Recent applications to the gifted are represented by the following research: Individual expression at Level I is influenced and constrained by the first two factors. Disintegration is multilevel or verticalif there are conflicts between higher and lower levels of instinctive, emotional or intellectual functions, e.

Their feelings of responsibility extend almost to everything. Giftedness as multilevel potential: Comparison of intellectually and artistically gifted on five dimensions of mental functions.

The involuntary spontaneous development of level III is replaced by a deliberate, conscious and self-directed review of life from the multilevel perspective. The fifth level disintegartion an integrated and harmonious character, but one vastly different from that at the first level. These have been digitalized and posted to YouTube. If posutive continues, people go on to develop an individualized, conscious and critically evaluated hierarchical value structure called “positive adjustment”.

One’s social orientation comes to reflect a deep responsibility based on both intellectual and emotional factors. When a person perceives the higher choice, he or she feels that this is obviously the path one ought to follow.