Overexcitability: A psychological comparison between dancers, opera singers, and athletes

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Overexcitability: A psychological comparison between dancers, opera singers, and athletes

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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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2016

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English

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Thomson, P. & Jaque, S. V. (2016) Overexcitability: A psychological comparison between dancers, opera singers, and athletes. Roeper Review, 38(2), 84-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/02783193.2016.1150373

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“Overexcitability: A psychological comparison between dancers, opera singers, and athletes,” TPD Archive , accessed August 20, 2018, http://christianewells.com/items/show/141.

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