Episode 33: A Personal Journey of Self-Discovery

Chris Wells & Emma Nicholson with guest David Sweeney

Release date: May 1, 2023

In episode 33, Chris and Emma talked with David Sweeney, a fellow traveler on the path to authenticity. Identified as gifted late in life, David shared his introduction to positive disintegration, his understanding of giftedness, and insights into how trauma early in life shaped his abilities.

We discussed discovering the theory of positive disintegration and overexcitabilities, dealing with sensitivities in daily life, and then talked about some of the reading rabbit holes David tumbled down like Alice! This includes his reading into giftedness, researching neuroscience, and discovering how trauma relates to his experience of being adopted.

The conversation then turns to mysticism, having mystical experiences, and some of the complications of discussing those experiences in the modern world.

Bio: David Sweeney is a fellow traveler on the path to authenticity. Identified as gifted late in life David shares his introduction to positive disintegration, his understanding of Giftedness and insights on how trauma early in life shaped his abilities.

Links from this episode

For more on Elizabeth Mika, see Episode 17

InterGifted

Personality-Shaping through Positive Disintegration by Kazimierz Dabrowski (2015 reprint)

PositiveDisintegration.com

Third Factor Magazine

Living with Intensity by Daniels & Piechowski

Kelly Pryde

Gifted Mindfulness Collective

Frames of Mind by Howard Gardner

The Highly Sensitive Person

The Mind Illuminated by John Yates

The Primal Wound by Nancy Varrier

Coming Home to Self by Nancy Verrier

Eknath Easwaran’s Blue Mountain Center of Meditation