219: Positive Disintegration – A Quick Overview

I’ve observed a lot of themes around integration and disintegration recently so I thought it would be a good time to do a quick overview of Kazmier’s Dabrowski’s theory of Positive Disintegration.

You can find a more comprehensive overview on ep. 154: On Positive Disintegration with Chris Wells, and my Blog Post “Finding Treasure in Ruins.”

Dabrowski believes that intensity/excitability is a sign of high developmental potential, and neuroses, which we might call neurodiversity, anxiety, existential depression etc., can be positive if they move us towards our higher selves.

Positive Disintegration

In this episode:

  • 3 factors of positive development

  • Dynamisms are the inner and outer forces that drive our actions.

  • 5 types of integration and disintegration

  • Resources on integration

  • 5 Types of overexcitability

  • Thoughts on Integration

  • Over identification and/or rejection of certain parts of our identity

  • What is Dabrowski’s Sweater?

  • Getting your conflicting parts to communicate with each other.