Are crises an essential component of healthy personality development? In his Theory of Positive Disintegration, Polish psychiatrist and psychologist Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski (1902-1980) proposed an approach to personality development in which crises are not only necessary but fundamental in creating opportunities for individual development. Crises force our focus inward, leading us to challenge our established beliefs, roles and routines.
Kazimierz Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD), which includes the widely known overexcitabilities, is one of the most influential theories in gifted education. This groundbreaking book, edited by Dr. Sal Mendaglio, brings together leading professionals, many of whom knew Dr. Dabrowski himself, and provides readers with a diversity of perspectives on TPD.