ERIC Number: EJ1024437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Rethinking Dabrowski's Theory: I. the Case against Primary Integration
Piechowski, Michael M.
Roeper Review, v36 n1 p11-17 2014
Some terms of Dabrowski's theory are misleading. The construct of level and the concepts of integration and disintegration mean different things. The concept of primary integration as a starting point for personality development is untenable in light of research on child development. In its place, Level I as a type of development that is constrained by social pressures and the effort to succeed in life will serve better. Milgram's studies of obedience and Bandura's of the ways of bypassing one's conscience are sufficient to explain how the Level I type of integration can take hold of a person. The descriptive term of disintegration is too extreme and too limiting to enclose the diversity of processes at each level that also include partial integration. Common errors that have crept into the usage of the theory are identified and corrected.
Descriptors: Gifted, Individual Development, Personality Development, Emotional Development, Personality Traits, Psychological Patterns, Jargon, Identification (Psychology), Compliance (Psychology), Social Behavior, Empathy, Personality Theories
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