Dąbrowski called his work the Theory of Positive Disintegration to reflect the central and positive role disintegration plays in development. He believed that some. Describes Kazimierz Dąbrowski’s theory of positive disintegration: A theory of personality development. The basic concepts of Dąbrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. In W. Tillier ( Ed.), Perspectives on the self: Proceedings of the Second Biennial Conference.

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The person is encouraged to further explore his or her value structure especially as it relates to the rationale and justification of positions.

These two main qualitatively different stages and types of life are the heteronomous, which is biologically and socially determined unilevel posiive, and the autonomous, which is determined by the multilevel forces of higher development.

Positive disintegration

There are some major differences between these two ideas. As outlined, individuals at lower levels use talents to support egocentric goals or to climb the social and corporate ladders. Type of development limited to one talent or ability, or to a narrow range of abilities and mental functions. The first factor channels energy and talents toward accomplishing self-serving goals that reflect the lower instincts and biological ego—its primary focus is on survival and self-advancement.

Thus, this external value system absolves the individual of any individual responsibility. The theory of positive disintegration. Level I is heteronomous, aka unilevel. The experience of, and reaction to, crises are a very important aspect of this approach and people are encouraged to experience personal crises with a positive and developmental view.

As events in life are seen in relation to this multilevel, vertical view, it becomes impossible to support positions that favor the lower course when higher goals can be identified or imagined.


The dynamics of concepts. Emotion and cognition become integrated and are reflected in a new approach to life — feelings direct and shape ideas, goals and ideals, one’s ideals work to express one’s feelings.

This causes a review of our basic values and, as mentioned above, ideally leads to the development of autonomous values. This stress both drives development and is a result of developmental conflicts, both intrapsychic and social. A self-aware, self-chosen, self-affirmed, and self-determined unity of essential individual psychic qualities.

Traditional therapeutic approaches have been to palliate conflict in an attempt to quickly return the person to the state of “normal” functioning.

These vertical conflicts are critical in leading to autonomy and advanced personality growth. Advanced development is often seen in people who exhibit strong developmental potential. Social fabrowski shape expectations. He called these features the first and second factors.

Truly visionary works, works that are unique and novel, are created by people expressing a vision unrestrained by convention.

Psychology in the modern world.

A person’s “relation to his environment becomes more and more conscious, clear, and determined. He pursued a lifelong obsession with self-mutilation resulting in his semi-autobiographical work, “Psychological Basis postiive Self Mutilation.

The key points of the theory of positive disintegration.

A fairly high degree of primary integration is present in the average person; a very high degree of primary integration is present in the psychopath.

There is little internal conflict at Level I because just about every behavior is justified—it is either good for posiitve individual and is therefore “right”, or the individual’s society endorses it and it is therefore diisintegration.

For example, Cubism and Dadaism, with their chaotic forms are examples of creativity expressing positive maladjustment — the rejection and overthrow of the “standard views” of art and life.

We are pleased to announce a major new publication: In exceptionally capable individuals their one-sided development may come under the control of a primitive disposing and directing center and in the extreme case may take the form of psychopathy or paranoia.


The person consciously reviews his or her existing belief system and tries to replace his or her lower, automatic views and reactions with carefully thought-out, examined and chosen ideals. Others are seen with understanding and empathy.

Level III and above, autonomous multilevel. The pursuit of excellence. These vertical conflicts initially arise from involuntary perceptions of higher versus lower choices in life.

He felt that free will did not go far enough in capturing the motivating aspects that he attributed to third factor. Over time, this ‘new’ conscious shaping of the personality comes to reflect positivd individual ‘personality ideal,’ an integrated hierarchy of values describing the sense of whom one disintdgration to be and how one wants to live life. These higher, individual values characterize a second integration reflecting individual autonomy.

Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego. How we live largely depends on what happens to us and our behavior is largely reactive and unconscious. The goal was to allow the person to develop autonomy over their development – not to become dependent on an external therapist – an approach that was unpopular in an atmosphere that encouraged encourages personal therapists for everyone.

Secondary integration is the outcome of the full process of positive disintegration. If development sisintegration, one goes on to develop an individualized, conscious dabrowsski critically evaluated hierarchical value structure called positive adjustment.