Episode 4: Depression and Anxiety in Development

In episode 4, Chris and Emma were joined again by Dąbrowski expert, Bill Tillier. Bill talked about neuroses and psychoneuroses from a historical perspective and then tied them to Dąbrowski’s views. Anxiety and depression were discussed in light of the theory of positive disintegration and their developmental implications.

Episode 3: Dąbrowski, Philosophy, and Influences

In episode 3, Chris and Emma were joined by Dąbrowski expert, Bill Tillier. A retired forensic psychologist with over 20 years of experience, Bill is an author, archivist, and former student of Dr. Dąbrowski’s at the University of Alberta. Bill shared his personal experiences as Dąbrowski’s student, and what KD was like. We also get an insight into what led KD to develop the TPD, as Bill introduces us to the philosophical influences behind the theory.

Episode 2: Overexcitabilities and Pseudoscience

In episode 2, Chris talked about her presentation at the 2021 NAGC Conference on distinguishing science from pseudoscience. Emma and Chris went over the forms and expressions of overexcitability, the connection between OE and positive disintegration, and also discussed some of the myths and misunderstandings about OEs that are found in the gifted community.

Episode 1: Welcome to Positive Disintegration!

In the inaugural episode, Emma and Chris introduced themselves and Dąbrowski’s theory of positive disintegration. The discussion touched on some of the basic ideas from Dąbrowski such as unilevel vs. multilevel, the levels of development, overexcitabilities, and more. We learned a little about how Chris and Emma came to learn about the theory and find meaning in the idea of positive disintegration.