As an innate tendency to act and react with heightened intensity, overexcitability presents a higher level of energy. It finds expression in five modes: psychomotor, sensual, imaginal, intellectual, and emotional. Examples from artists and scientists illustrate their powerful emotions but also great sensitivity. Overexcitability creates a different quality of experiencing, rich and vivid. It can also produce great inner tension and have a disequilibrating effect on the self. Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration views the disequilibrium as a prelude to inner transformation. The concept of overexcitability has received cross-cultural validation.
Piechowski, M. M., Chucker, J. (2011). Overexcitabilities. In M. A. Runco & S. R. Pritzker (Eds.). Encyclopedia of creativity, Vol. 2 (2nd Ed., pp. 202-208). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
“Overexcitabilities,” TPD Archive , accessed April 20, 2019, http://christianewells.com/items/show/142.