Hallmark Traits of Profound Giftedness: Over-Excitabilities


Kazimierz Dabrowski was a psychiatrist, psychologist and physician who developed the theory of Positive Disintegration and levels of development.

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His term, over-excitabilities have become known as hallmark traits of giftedness
especially the increased intensity and sensitivity exhibited with profound giftedness.

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Over-Excitabilities are a greater than typical response.  A greater ability to take-in, perceive and interpret one’s “being.” This innate reception is internal and external of oneself including the natural and material environment surrounding the individual.

It’s important to understand that while over-excitabilities may “sound like” extroverted behaviors, over-excitabilities are also inclusive of what we might perceive as introverted behaviors.

It is also important to realize that over-excitabilities might be harder to notice or uncover in individuals exhibiting characteristics or behaviors as introverts.

It is essential that over-excitabilities are considered and identified appropriately in all individuals.  

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