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and Theory of Positive Disintegration
"Dabrowski talked about OE's - over-excitabilities ("superstimulatabilities"),
and how the gifted were extremely sensitive in a variety of areas. It's a
stimulus-response difference from the norms. It means that in these 5 areas a
person reacts more strongly than normal for a longer period than normal to a
stimulus that may be very small. It involves not just psychological factors but
central nervous system sensitivity." Stephanie Tolan,
Dabrowski's Over-excitabilities, A Layman's Explanation
Small (4" to 6.5") sand animals to quietly run around your
With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the
Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults
by Susan Daniels & Michael M. Piechowski
- Do you know an intense gifted child? You must read this book!
An easy-to-read volume for parents, teachers, psychologists, everyone
dealing with the gifted child, that explains the inexplicable, and guides us
all in guiding the growth and development of our gifted children...
is Not a Malady
by Linda Kreger Silverman
- Perfectionism is not a malady; it is a tool of self development.
Perfectionism becomes a driving force within the individual which serves to
promote higher level development. Apparently, it is this sense of "drivenness"
in the perfectionist that others find distasteful... (requires Adobe Reader)
Or read the original article
The Crucible of Giftedness
by Linda Kreger Silverman, published in Advanced Development Journal
Theory and Existential Depression in Gifted Children and Adults by James T.
- People who are bright are usually more intense, sensitive, and idealistic,
and they can see the inconsistencies and absurdities in the values and
behaviors of others. This kind of sensitive awareness and ideal ism makes
them more likely to ask themselves difficult questions... In coping with
existential depression, we must realize that existential concerns are not
issues that can be dealt with only once, but will probably need frequent
revisiting and reconsideration. We can support others and help them
understand that disintegration is a necessary step toward new growth and
meaning—it can eventually be positive
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Dabrowski's Over-excitabilities, A Layman's Explanation by Stephanie Tolan
- The title pretty much says it all... but read on!
Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration by Elizabeth Mika
- notes on Dabrowski's Theory and the various overexcitabilities, with
possible causes and solutions
- Finger Fidgets...
Mini Sand Animals
With 18 pieces interconnected, this twisty toy keeps your fingers good
for understanding the social-emotional needs of the highly gifted by Ellen
Theoretical perspective for
shedding light on psychosocial correlates of gifts based on Dabrowski.
According to Dabrowski, the theory has two key facets: levels of emotional
development and overexcitabilities or areas of intensity that individuals may
Conflict as a Path to Higher Development: Mid-life Crisis Reexamined by
Elizabeth Maxwell & Linda Kreger SilvermanA sometimes forgotten meaning
of crisis is "a turning point." Rather than hardship thrust upon us,
mid-life crisis may be an invitation to higher development and an indication
that growth, issuing from deep within, is struggling to occur. ...reexamine
such crises from the vantage point of a theory of emotional development... (requires Adobe)
Living & Learning With Overexcitabilities
by Cindy Strickland
a teaching unit for gifted middle school students, full of teaching aids,
and ready to roll
used to predict giftedness by Teresa Gallagher, Born to Explore
Over the past few decades researchers have been trying to map out the
correlation between "overexcitabilities" and giftedness...
and the gifted by Sharon Lind
...intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability are primary characteristics
of the highly gifted. These observations are supported by parents and
teachers who notice distinct behavioral and constitutional differences
between highly gifted children and their peers. Find strategies for
dealing with overexcitabilites, and joys in overexcitabilities!
The Crucible of Giftedness by Linda Kreger Silverman, originally
published in Advanced Development Journal,
1999, 8, 47-61
There are positive as well as negative aspects of perfectionism, depending
on how it is channeled. As one gains higher consciousness, perfectionism
becomes a catalyst for self-actualization and humanitarian ideals.
Dabrowski’s theory allows us to see how perfectionism changes in form at
different levels of development... (requires Adobe Reader)
The Theory of Positive
Bill Tillier's definitive web site...
February 23, 2013