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ERIC Number: EJ1096773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0278-3193
Overexcitability: A Psychological Comparison between Dancers, Opera Singers, and Athletes
Thomson, Paula; Jaque, S. Victoria
Roeper Review, v38 n2 p84-92 2016
Overexcitability is a component in Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration. This cross-sectional study investigated the psychological profile, including the five overexcitability dimensions (psychomotor, sensual, imaginational, intellectual, emotional), of three talented groups of dancers (n = 84), opera singers (n = 62), and athletes (n = 49). Five self-report instruments assessed positive and negative psychological variables: (a) overexcitability, (b) fantasy proneness, (c) shame, (d) anxiety, and (e) depression. Dancers and opera singers scored significantly higher on all overexcitability dimensions, fantasy proneness, shame, and anxiety in comparison to the athlete group. There were no group differences for depression. Emotional and imaginational overexcitability dimensions significantly predicted shame, anxiety, and depression. Further investigation of overexcitability is warranted given the findings in this study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Anxiety Inventory; Beck Depression Inventory