From William James to Maslow and Dabrowski: Excitability of character and self-actualization

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From William James to Maslow and Dabrowski: Excitability of character and self-actualization

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The purpose of this chapter is to introduce theoretical bridges between Maslow's construct of self-actualization, Dabrowski's theory of emotional development, Bandura's model of the self system, and Gardner's concept of intrapersonal intelligence. In brief, self-actualization fits into Level IV of Dabrowski's five levels of development. Bandura's self system furnishes the component processes of self-evaluation for Dabrowski's theory and gains from it emotional fuel. Where Gardner has equated intrapersonal intelligence with introspection, Dabrowski's theory complements it with dynamics of inner transformation. His concept of developmental potential with its five dimensions of felt experience is extremely useful for recognizing the signs of potential toward advanced development, self-actualization, and inner transformation. The concepts of emotional giftedness, positive maladjustment, and spiritual giftedness are also relevant in this context.

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2003

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English

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Piechowski, M. M. (2003). From William James to Maslow and Dabrowski: Excitability of character and self-actualization. In D. Ambrose, L. M. Cohen, & A. J. Tannenbaum (Eds.), Creative intelligence: Toward a theoretic integration (pp. 283-322). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 

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“From William James to Maslow and Dabrowski: Excitability of character and self-actualization,” TPD Archive , accessed November 19, 2017, http://christianewells.com/items/show/33.

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