The Theory of Positive Disintegration

By trying to find information about methods and tactics of psychological disruption I came upon this little known Polish psychologist, psychiatrist Kazimierz Dąbrowski and his theory of Positive Disintegration. It kind of struck me almost as double speak if looking from targeted individual perspective, but also makes a lot of sense, since his views on psychiatry are so unconventional and probably would be considered almost heretic by most psychiatrists.

Suffering, aloneness, self-doubt, sadness, inner conflict; these are our feelings that we have not learned to live with, that we have failed to appreciate, that we reject as destructive and completely negative, but in fact they are symptoms of an expanding consciousness. Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski has spent 45 years piecing together the complete picture of the growth of the human psyche from primitive integration at birth; the person with potential for development will experience growth as a loosening of the stable psychic structure accompanied by symptoms of psychoneuroses. Reality becomes multileveled, the choices between higher and lower realms of behavior occupy our thought and mark us as human. Dabrowski called this process positive disintegration, he declares that psychoneurosis is not an illness and he insists that development does not come through psychotherapy but that psychotherapy is automatic when the person is conscious of his development.

To Dabrowski, real therapy is autopsychotherapy; it is the self being aware of the self through a long inner investigation; a mapping of the inner environment. There are no techniques to eliminate symptoms because the symptoms constitute the very psychic richness from which grow an increasing awareness of body, mind, humanity and cosmos. Dabrowski gives birth to that process if he can.

Without intense and painful introspection and reflection, development is unlikely. Psychoneurotic symptoms should be embraced and transformed into anxieties about human problems of an ever higher order. If psychoneuroses continue to be classified as mental illness, then perhaps it is a sickness better than health.

“Without passing through very difficult experiences and even something like psychoneurosis and neurosis we cannot understand human beings and we cannot realize our multidimensional and multilevel development toward higher and higher levels.”

His theory was applied in Poland and USA detect gifted children and promote their further development. His theory is somewhat similar to eastern philosophies that strive of enlightenment, but using language of psychology and applied in context of western world. In his opinion circumstances needed for disintegration of personality hits close to home for me:

Overexcitability. The most evident aspect of developmental potential is over-excitability (OE), a heightened physiological experience of stimuli resulting from increased neuronal sensitivities. The greater the OE, the more intense are the day-to-day experiences of life. (part of life for probably most of TI)

Abilities and talents. The second arm of developmental potential, specific abilities and talents, tends to serve the person’s developmental level. As outlined, people at lower levels use talents to support egocentric goals or to climb the social and corporate ladders. At higher levels, specific talents and abilities become an important force as they are channelled by the person’s value hierarchy into expressing and achieving the person’s vision of his or her ideal personality and his or her view of how the world ought to be. 

The third factor. The third aspect of developmental potential, which is simply referred to as ‘the third factor’, is a drive toward individual growth and autonomy. The third factor is critical as it applies one’s talents and creativity toward autonomous expression, and second, it provides motivation to strive for more and to try to imagine and achieve goals currently beyond one’s grasp.

I believe that all three factors are present in Targeted Individuals. The only thing we can speculate about excitability. Since it’s induced as hypervigilance or amplified artificially.

Dąbrowski called Over-Excitability  “a tragic gift” to reflect that the road of the person with strong OE is not a smooth or easy one. Potentials to experience great highs are also potentials to experience great lows. Similarly, potentials to express great creativity hold the likelihood of experiencing a great deal of personal conflict and stress. This stress both drives development and is a result of developmental conflicts, both intrapsychic and social. Suicide is a significant risk in the acute phases of this stress. The isolation often experienced by these people heightens the risk of self-harm. Dąbrowski advocated autopsychotherapy, educating the person about OEs and the disintegrative process to give him or her a context within which to understand intense feelings and needs. Dąbrowski suggested giving people support in their efforts to develop and find their own self-expression. Children and adults with high DP have to find and walk their own path, often at the expense of fitting in with their social peers and even with their families. At the core of autopsychotherapy is the awareness that no one can show anyone else the “right” path. Everyone has to find their own path for themselves.

I guess authpsychotherapy that he is talking is something similar to what eastern philosophies call meditation or or deeply religious people would call spiritual prayer. Something about stimulating unification of mind, soul, insight and intuition. It’s very hard to put in context such things since they are naturally out of realm of linguistics. So if theory of positive disintegration feels like interesting coping concept and another framework that could be used for personal growth you should look into it as possible opportunity and ideas to transcend energy of gangstalking against them by enriching yourself.


One thought on “The Theory of Positive Disintegration

  1. Sounds a bit technical but good. Face your own realities as hard as they may be and make a change. Compound reality with reality not lie on top of lie.

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