Psychological Intensities in Young Gifted Children

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Psychological Intensities in Young Gifted Children

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Emotional sensitivity and emotional intensity are well documented in gifted children. Dabrowski (1967, 1972) proposed that sensitivity and intensity were a part of these children’s psychological makeup and instead of being indicators of neurotic imbalances, were positive potentials for further growth. These characteristics were displayed in gifted children through 5 overexcitabilities: psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational, and emotional. This theory was investigated using a qualitative case study methodology. Data were collected on 5 young gifted children (ages 4 through 6) and analyzed using Dabrowski’s 5 overexcitabilities as a theoretical framework. Results displayed that the 5 overexcitabilities were manifested in the children through behaviors in the classroom and at home. Results support the use of Dabrowski’s theory in identifying and understanding some aspects of the behavior of young gifted children.

Date

1997

Language

English

Source

Tucker, B., & Hafenstein, N. L. (1997). Psychological intensities in young gifted children. Gifted Child Quarterly, 41(3), 66-75.

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TuckerHafenstein1997.pdf

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“Psychological Intensities in Young Gifted Children,” TPD Archive , accessed November 19, 2017, http://christianewells.com/items/show/104.

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