Kazimierz Dąbrowski

Kazimierz Dąbrowski, MD, PhD, was born near Lublin, Poland and lived from 1902-1980. His doctoral theses were on the psychological conditions of suicide (1929) and the psychological bases of self-mutilation (1934/1937). 

His theory of positive disintegration was developed as a result of his lived experiences and his work as a psychiatrist, psychologist, and educator. The theory's origins can be seen in his work on nervousness, or overexcitability, which he differentiated into five types. Dr. Dąbrowski was a pioneer, and his work provides an alternative to mainstream perspectives in multiple ways.

It should go without saying that in the early days of creating a new website, we will be writing and rewriting our content as we take the time to reflect on what we're trying to capture in this space. The theory of positive disintegration is deep and complex, and we will do our best to honor this complexity. We are taking a critical approach to the theory, and asking ourselves every day how to best act as stewards of this important work. 

If you'd like to book a consultation with Dr. Chris Wells about Dąbrowski's work, reach out to chris@dabrowskicenter.org

You can also write to Chris if you'd like to join the Positive Disintegration Study Group. We have a private, hidden Facebook group and we meet on the fourth Saturday of every month (with some exceptions) via Zoom. 

This archive page is a work in progress, so new content will be added periodically.

Dr. Dąbrowski and Dr. Piechowski, Montréal, Québec, 1973

Learn the Basics

If you are new to the theory of positive disintegration, you can catch up on the basics, with these summary blogs from the Tragic Gift website:


Read Dr. Dąbrowski's foreword from Piechowski's 1975 monograph.

Quote Collages

These ‘Quote Collage' pages contain a number of short excerpts from across Dabrowski's many works, to provide insights on a particular topic. Quotes from various works are laid out in chronological order. This provides not only an insight into each topic, but a taste of each book the excerpts are taken from, and a view of how Dabrowski's theory and thoughts developed over time. 

These documents were created as part of Chris's research process between 2017-2019, and you'll note that some are formatted differently than others.  

Book Reviews

In Progress – reviews of Dabrowski's major published works, and where possible, links to purchase these publications.

Don't forget about our large collection of articles and research papers on the theory of positive disintegration and overexcitabilities!