This talk offers a lively introduction to the theory of positive disintegration, developed by the Polish psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski (1902 -1980). The TPD is a theory of personality development in which psychological tension and inner conflicts are emphasized as forerunners and markers of personal, emotional growth. The theory highlights important psychological factors related to positive development (inner transformation) after crises.
The TPD has also inspired various research projects in the field of giftedness. Dabrowski’s description of ‘overexcitabilities’ (above average reaction to stimuli, hypersensitivity) has shown to be an important indicator for recognizing and understanding (the development of) giftedness.