Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

A Guide To Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

Overexcitabilities and gifted children go hand in hand. This is a guide to everything you need to know about overexcitabilities and how they affect our gifted children.


Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children


Polish psychologist/psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski developed the theory of overexcitabilities. Gifted children are highly likely to be more intense than their typical peers. This increased awareness, sensitivity, and intensity can present challenges that make them difficult children to parent.

The Five Overexcitabilities 

Dabrowski identified five different areas of overexcitabilities when he developed his Theory of Positive Disintegration. Not all gifted kids exhibit overexcitabilities, but they are more prevalent among the gifted population than any other.

  • Psychomotor
  • Sensual
  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Imaginational

In today’s podcast, Colleen covers each of these areas and explains what these overexcitabilities look like in our day to day lives with our children. 


Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children


Understanding Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children

Understanding the neurology behind your child’s behavior will better equip you to understand – and help your child understand – those behaviors, helping you help them channel their overexcitabilities for good.


Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children


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Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast Episode 138: A Guide To Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

Gifted children tend to have multiple intensities. These intensities are also referred to as overexcitabilities. In today’s episode, Colleen introduces the theory of overexcitabilities and shares support and encouragement for parenting gifted children with intensities. 


Links and Resources from Today’s Show:

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and AutismUnderstanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out: A Guide to the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted KidsMisdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders (2nd edition)Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive FeelingsRaising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent FamilyLiving With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and AdultsTwice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted StudentsOn the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted ChildrenDifferently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World



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