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Kazimierz Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD), which includes the widely known "overexcitabilities," is one of the most influential theories in gifted education. This groundbreaking book, edited by Dr. Sal Mendaglio, brings together leading professionals, many of whom knew Dr. Dabrowski himself, and provides readers with a diversity of perspectives on TPD. ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Great Potential Press (first published December 1st 2007)
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Barbara R. Saunders
May 28, 2008 Barbara R. Saunders rated it it was amazing
Very provocative collection of papers about Dabrowski's theory. I read this as a follow-up to Karen Horney's "The Neurotic Personality of Our Time" and highly recommend reading them together
Emily
Jul 29, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
A good introduction to Dr. Dabrowski's theory of personality and its growth, especially as it relates to "gifted" individuals - the highly intelligent, sensitive, curious, and intense. Typos in the book annoyed me, but I feel that Dabrowski's work deserves wider recognition in the psychological field in general, outside of the field of gifted education, where it is most commonly encountered.
Joanne McKenzie-Hicks
May 27, 2016 Joanne McKenzie-Hicks rated it it was amazing
A very good summary compiled and written by Mendaglio. The comparison of Dabrowski's TPD to both Plato's and Kierkegaard's theories was particularly useful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone raising a gifted child.
Amber Y
Jun 28, 2013 Amber Y rated it it was amazing
1. not only applicable on the talented or sensitive ones, but also average people.
2. good to raise up awareness on authenticity. I think many people learn so-called "maturity" at the expense of sensitivity.
3. a great theoretical framework but one hardly find any celebrity for Level 4 or 5, as also stated in this book. High level in Dabrowski's framework doesn't necessarily lead to happiness in social life, which is not addressed in his theory.
4. Grey-zones of personality development are not muc
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Sal Mendaglio, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Division of Teacher Preparation, Graduate Division of Educational Research and Research Associate, Centre for Gifted Education, University of Calgary. He is the current Chair of the Counselling and Guidance Division, National Association for Gifted Children. Sal’s interest in perfectionism is part of his interest in clarifying what the field o ...more
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