Volume 1: Positive Disintegration

This inaugural issue focuses on “Positive Disintegration,” a construct of Kazimierz Dabrowski, who studied gifted, creative, and eminent individuals and provided the first framework for understanding the emotional development of the gifted—their intensity, sensitivity, and drive toward self-perfection. In Dabrowski’s theory, positive disintegration is a breakthrough in the developmental process—a critical period in the service of higher level development, in which structures of lower value disintegrate so that higher ones can be formed. The issue also contains an interview with Annemarie and George Roeper, an article on parenting extraordinarily gifted children (including new guidelines for their identification), perceptions of 100 gifted women, adjustment issues of gifted adults, and two poems.