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Through the Dąbrowski lens: Philosophy, faith, and the personality ideal


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Harper, AJ ORCID: 0000-0002-7980-1438 and Clifford, C ORCID: 0000-0001-7613-7888 2017 , 'Through the Dąbrowski lens: Philosophy, faith, and the personality ideal' , Roeper Review: A Journal on Gifted Education, vol. 39, no. 4 , pp. 262-268 , doi: 10.1080/02783193.2017.1363100.

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Kazimierz Dąbrowski’s (1902–1980) five-level theory of personality development, the theory of positive disintegration, is one in which the experience of all emotions is essential for the process of individual growth toward the personality ideal. In this article, we introduce the phenomenological and existential influences on Dąbrowski, including the influence of Søren Kierkegaard. We also examine Dąbrowski’s reflections on faith, Christianity, God, and human purpose, with particular reference to his unpublished manuscript, Confessions of Faith in Thoughts and Aphorisms.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harper, AJ and Clifford, C
Keywords: Dąbrowski, phenomenology, Kierkegaard, positive disintegration, philosophy, development, existential, Confessions of faith
Journal or Publication Title: Roeper Review: A Journal on Gifted Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0278-3193
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/02783193.2017.1363100
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Copyright 2017 The Roeper Institute. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Roeper Review on 11 October 2017, available online:

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