Living With Intensity

Living With Intensity, edited by Susan Daniels, Ph.D., & Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D. Published 2009, by Great Potential Press.

This is a book intended for counselors, psychologists or social workers, but it is reasonably accessible for other people who have interests in Psychology. It discusses Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilites and Developmental theory. The book covers children, adolescents, and adults including discussions on how Overexcitabilities can lead to misdiagnosis and mental health treatment that does not help. One of the authors Michael  M. Piechowski worked closely with Kazimierz Dabrowski in his native language. Dabrowski’s theories have been very important in many psychologists and others conceptualization of gifted psychology. Includes articles by many influential authors in gifted psychology and education. Includes case studies involving working with gifted people.

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What are your OEs?

The Polish psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski created the term Overexcitabilities or OEs, which are hard wired energies or sensitivities. The term sensivities and overexcitabilities should not be taken in a negative light and are not perjoratives, but parts of our psyhche which have increased energy, which contribute to positive gifts along with some of the challenges that we may deal with. There are five basic OEs: Psychomotor, sensal, intellectual, imaginal, and emotional.

 Psychomotor: You may have a lot of energy, speak rapidly, be driven. You will need to be at risk of workaholism, nervous ticks, etc.

Sensual: You have highly developed senses. You may notice colors, smells, and sounds others do not. Your perceptions can be very intense. Some smells make you feel sick, sounds may irritate you and rough seams and fabrics may annoy you.

Intellectual: You have strong problem solving and ability to comprehend complex problems. You enjoy reading,  very curious, and driven to find the truth to things.

Imaginal: You have a highly developed imagination. You see where things can go to, but are not. You have a strong sense of humor, you can be creative, may have a intense dreams and fantasies. You are likely easily bored.

Emotional: You are likely highly emotional sensitive, you are sensitive to your own feelings, and the emotions of others. You have strong attachments and relationships. You may however  have difficulty fending off strong emotions, and others emotions can deeply hurt you and can make you feel overwhelmed.

 Psychomotor is only considered when other overexcitabilities are present.

How do you rate yourself?

Source: Living with Intensity edited by Susan Daniels & Micheal M Piechowski, Great Potential Press, 2009.

Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Pracice–A reader

Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Pracice–A reader, By Howard Gardner, published by Basic Books, 1993.

Howard Gardener developed a multiple intelligences theory that argues that their are multiple intelligences, not just the core that most IQ tests measure. He argues that intelligence is more about developed potential and learned by practice and learning, not just something that one is born with that is just there. He is an author that poses an alternative perspective, and suggested that gifted is just about children, as adults grow, it’s more about developed potential. His work has strongly influenced educational reform where it has a lot of promise focusing on developing and helpign students learn and develop their potential, which is useful for all. He does not really account for the problems that gifted and talented people face, especially the emotional and social. In some ways he poses the alternative to the Dabrowski view of multiple overexcitabilities, which are hard wired which accounts for both potential and challenges gifted people face.

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, by Daniel goleman, Published by Bantam, 1995.

Daniel Goleman makes the arguement that understanding how emotions work and knowing about how things play out with others is an important skill, and it may be more important than just IQ. Some gifted and talented people can have difficulty relating to other people, escpecially those more normal. Goleman backs his arguments by research, and argues that increasing this type of skill or intelligence in people can solve many problems in our socidety. The book comes from an scientific basis including research in neuroscience and understanding how the brain works and how emotions and memory. Other arguments made include the costs of not learning about our emotions like depression, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, prejudice, etc. This book has limitations, he could go further and talk further about how to use this information more and applying it and steps to do so.