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NAGC 2023: Overexcitabilities and Dąbrowski's Theory

NAGC 2023: Overexcitabilities and Dąbrowski's Theory

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After NAGC 2023 last November, Chris and Emma debriefed about Chris’s session “Overexcitabilities and Dąbrowski’s Theory: Correcting the Course in Gifted Education.” We covered the five common myths or misunderstandings about the theory of positive disintegration that were addressed in the presentation.

We’ve been sitting on this episode because we didn’t have time to get it out right after NAGC. Michael’s episode was the priority since his birthday was approaching. We were also concerned that we had shared so many posts about NAGC in the lead-up to the conference that people might be burned out on the topic—but now, we are ready to share!


00:02:13 Debriefing about the conference

00:03:50 Previous sessions from Chris at NAGC

00:07:22 Positive impact of the 2022 OE panel session

00:10:02 Myth 1: There is little or no empirical evidence for TPD

00:14:54 Myth 2: TPD is a theory of giftedness

00:24:27 Myth 3: Overexcitability can only be understood within the theory

00:28:43 We do still need the theory as a non-pathologizing framework

00:35:27 Myth 4: Overexcitability and openness to experience are the same thing, and the five-factor model can replace TPD

00:39:45 Myth 5: Overexcitability can be differentiated from ADHD and autism

00:44:50 There's no clear line of demarcation for types of neurodivergence and OE.

00:48:08 Best practices for working with overexcitability

00:52:58 Main takeaways from the session

00:56:49 We care a lot

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