Episode 60: Dabrowski 101, An Introduction to the Theory of Positive Disintegration

In episode 60, Chris and Emma introduced the theory of positive disintegration in a nutshell. We did our best to make it as approachable as possible and kept jargon to a minimum. This introduction was created especially for the 2024 Dabrowski Congress for attendees who want to learn more about the theory behind the conference. Our hope is that it will serve for years to come as a primer for positive disintegration. As Emma often says, TPD is not only a theory but an experience, and those going through it appreciate a mirror that makes sense of their struggles.

Secondary Integration of a Career Ideal

Secondary Integration of a Career Ideal: The Pathfinding of Gifted Social Entrepreneurs By Joi Lin, PhD https://youtu.be/XO1HlFias1Q Joi shared her dissertation research and focus on findings about how gifted adults who are social entrepreneurs exhibit aspects of Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. Aspects including overexcitabilities, dynamisms, and advanced career development including what Joi calls “secondary […]

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with Overexcitabilities

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with Overexcitabilities By Elizabeth Switaj, PhD https://youtu.be/RQ9kcocvLHA The serial publication of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man began nearly six months before the start of World War I, the conflict during which a young Kazimierz Dąbrowski would be shocked by the sight of corpses on […]

Finding Strength in Adversity Through Positive Disintegration

Finding Strength in Adversity Through Positive Disintegration By Zawadi Kimari https://youtu.be/V19-0OEeQvw The growing body of knowledge has found increasing evidence to the fact that childhood trauma is associated with ADHD, exacerbating and predicting some of the symptoms. Through my 7 years of experience offering individual care as well as facilitating the only adult ADHD group […]

Fame & Fragility: A Creative Exploration of Positive Disintegration and the Lived Experience

Fame & Fragility: A Creative Exploration of Positive Disintegration and the Lived Experience By Lily Jedynak, PhD https://youtu.be/TF4Ajk1Gvfw This pre-recorded video presentation draws directly on Lil’s autoethnography when she became famous at the tender age of nineteen. An intense experience in the public arena combined with acute personal anxiety behind the scenes makes for a […]

Caregiver Perceptions of Overexcitabilities Among Early Elementary Gifted Children

Caregiver Perceptions of Overexcitabilities Among Early Elementary Gifted Children By Keri Guilbault, EdD, Gregory Eckert, EdD, & Antonia Szymanski, PhD https://youtu.be/j6cEujkWMig Researchers have investigated the influence of parenting styles on development of talent, parents’ perceptions of giftedness, parents’ roles in the referral process, and their satisfaction with schooling and gifted programming (Gralewski & Jankowska, 2020; […]

The Real Deal—OEs in the Classroom

The Real Deal—OEs in the Classroom By Summer Cowick https://youtu.be/z2ZN2m6zTnw As a teacher of gifted students for more years than I care to count, I’ve had numerous students who displayed overexcitabilities. Through a lot of trial and error, we found way to manage them. This session will offer up ways to engage, support and enrich […]

The Tedx Journey as an Adult with OEs

The Tedx Journey as an Adult with OEs By Meghan Bonde https://youtu.be/1Prz4Zi2ra0 Have you ever considered sharing an idea as a speaker? Becoming a Tedx speaker is a challenging and rewarding experience for many, and experiencing the process as an adult with OE’s adds a unique perspective. Walk away from this engaging story of the Tedx […]

Coaching for Positive Disintegration in Schools 

Coaching for Positive Disintegration in Schools: Supporting Educators’ Journeys Towards Transformational Change Sylvia Bagley, PhD https://youtu.be/sRs7ewRh4zg Coaching offers professional development for teachers which allows them to uncover their own strengths, focus on students’ needs, and maximize their practice. Various coaching models proposed and studied over the years have included instructional coaching, content-area coaching, student-centered coaching, […]

Episode 59: Building Better Social Worlds with Theory

In episode 59, Chris and Emma were joined by Dr. Sergej van Middendorp and Abbie VanMeter of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution. We discussed the CMM (Coordinated Management of Meaning) theory and its intersection with the theory of positive disintegration. CMM theory posits that persons in conversation (when we communicate with each other) co-create their social realities, and are simultaneously shaped by the worlds they construct. Its focus is on storytelling and meaning-making, and the goal of the CMM Institute is to create better social worlds, by helping people communicate in healthier (and more conscious) ways.