Dabrowski's Theory Of Positive Disintegration (Anglais) Broché – 8 avril 2008
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Although a lay person, I'm fairly widely read in psychology so I was surprised I had never heard of this theory by the Polish psychiatrist Dabrowski. It seems many of his works are out of print and, if obtainable, quite expensive. This collection of articles by his followers seems an outstanding way to become acquainted with TPD.
Who might have suspected that the difficulties some of us seem invariably to face despite efforts to adjust are a powerful means by which we can grow throughout our life? Perhaps you did. You may have felt like you were, by temperament, an artist but not producing art. You may have moved outside of common values. Dabrowski was such a person and he recognized their value. He saw that society tended not to value such people even though much depended on them. They are less likely to succeed in business but some may be more likely to have rich inner lives. Dabrowski considers such people as to be quite likely to be on an accelerated development of their personality toward an ideal not given to them by society but created each by him/herself in struggles outwardly and inwardly. Such people and not the easy success stories or those adjusting easily represented for Dabrowksi authentic mental health. Not that some may not fail but what seemed like illness may, in fact, provide conditions for personal growth and significant, creative contributions to society.
Dabowkski is not R.D. Laing. The disintegrations he describes may lead to illness (and even positively beyond, as with Laing) but need not at all. Dabrowksi was in tune with the oversensitive, those many with "overexcitabilities": his concern was that such people learn to direct themselves and appreciate their nature. He warned against school environments that could crush gifted children by overemphasizing grades and the use of criticism. He didn't provide therapy so much as encourage those who were prone to ongoing cycles of the dissolution of "lower" mental processes and creation of higher forms, as they developed a rich hierarchy of values, to learn to provide their own therapy.
The articles in this book flow together well and seem to provide a relatively comprehensive look at how TPD might be applied.
Do I understand TPD? Reading this review, you probably glean that I'm just learning about it and haven't quite realized what to make of it. It seems to help me to understand myself and my past - but maybe I am deceiving myself. Nevertheless, I recommend this book strongly if you work with gifted children or any of what I describe makes sense and seems like it might apply to you or someone you know.
Dabrowski's theory of Positive Disintegration is a very dynamic, applicable and powerful theory of personality development, that, if eventually widely accepted in the mainstream, has sweeping implications to how psychology approaches people in turmoil, as well as how people in turmoil perceive their situation.
There is no source material currently available on Dabrowski, so this is the next best thing. Hopefully the work of this brilliant man will continue to gain notice. This information can help the millions of gifted children & adults who often suffer needlessly and whose talents and gifts are unappreciated and unused.
There is a lot of jargon one must wade through to get these insights but it is worth it