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◼ 11. The Future: Neo-Dąbrowskian Approaches.


▣ 11.1 Introduction.

▣ 11.2 Priorities.

▣ 11.3 Piechowski.

▣ 11.4 Chojnowski.

▣ 11.5 Mika.

▣ 11.6 Tillier.

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▣ 11.1 Introduction.

This portion of the webpage does not discuss Dąbrowski's original theory. It is intended to provide a forum where neo-Dąbrowskian ideas, reformulations, and construct advances can be introduced and discussed further. Having studied with Dr. Dąbrowski, I know two things: he highly valued the integrity of his original theory—he did not want people to make changes and still promote the theory under his name (this happened towards the end of his life). Second, he wanted ongoing research conducted to foster its development continuing into the future. I believe that he wanted the theory to be refined and to remain relevant. To avoid confusion between the original and its refinement, this page will focus only on neo-Dabrowskian advances.

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▣ 11.2 Priorities.

What should our priorities be moving forward?

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▣ 11.3 Piechowski.

Over the years, Michael has offered criticisms of the original theory; however, he has also stimulated much discussion over reformulations of the theory. These ideas deserve closer scrutiny and debate.

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▣ 11.4 Chojnowski.

Dominik recently suggested that a better way to conceptualize development in level I is to see it as accumulative development.

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▣ 11.5 Mika.

Recently Elizabeth suggested that a better name for first level would be unilevel integration. By extension, that would suggest that level V ought to be called multilevel integration.

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▣ 11.6 Tillier.

I have carefully read and archived Maslow's work. In his formulation of self-actualization, he emphasized that the individual should actualize the self as it is found with no differentiation between higher and lower aspects. Dąbrowski rejected this as it lacked a multilevel element. I believe it is helpful to combine these two constructs, and in my 2018 book, I discussed "multilevel-actualization." Applying Dąbrowski's multilevelness to self-actualization seems like an obivious advance to me. I believe that multilevel-actualization applies to level IV. In the future, it will be interesting to compare and contrast Maslow's highest level, self-transcendence, with Dąbrowski's level V.

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