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The Highs and Lows of Positive Disintegration Positive Disintegration Podcast

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In episode 17, Chris and Emma were joined by Elizabeth Mika, a Polish-born psychologist and expert on the Theory of Positive Disintegration. Elizabeth shares how she first became interested in Dabrowski’s theory as a teenager in Poland, how it inspired her to go into the field of psychology, and her journey into working with the theory once she immigrated to America.

Our conversation covered a wide range of topics, focused on the ‘lows and highs’ of Dabrowski’s levels, from the sub-levels of unilevel integration to the Fourth Factor and drive for self-transcendence. We talk about the dangers of narcissism and its various forms, the role of positive maladjustment, and how self-reflection and inner transformation is the first step in making the world a better place.

“We need to look within before we start changing the world. The greatest gift we can give to the world is our transformed self.”

This is the image we discussed with Elizabeth around minute 31 from her 2018 Dabrowski Congress slideshow. See the resource list below to download her slides.

“Self-education is about personality development on the ever higher levels. Its highest goals is in the natural dimension the fullness of humanity, and in the supranatural dimension – becoming God-like. Self-education should go hand in hand with introspection, and those two activities should become one effort, lasting a lifetime, to come close to the ideal.” 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Tyranny as a Triumph of Narcissism (article on Medium)

On Primary Integration, Psychopathy and the Average Person (article on LinkedIn)

Sudden Dynamic Insight: Moving from Conflict to Peace (PDF)

What Disintegrates? (PDF)

Pathocracy and Andrzej Łobaczewski (by Dr. Steve Taylor for Psychology Today )

Follow Elizabeth on Twitter

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Support the podcast. Positive Disintegration is brought to you by the Dabrowski Center.

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Thank you for listening to Positive Disintegration. Please, feel free to share!

This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit positivedisintegration.substack.com

In episode 17, Chris and Emma were joined by Elizabeth Mika, a Polish-born psychologist and expert on the Theory of Positive Disintegration. Elizabeth shares how she first became interested in Dabrowski’s theory as a teenager in Poland, how it inspired her to go into the field of psychology, and her journey into working with the theory once she immigrated to America.

Our conversation covered a wide range of topics, focused on the ‘lows and highs’ of Dabrowski’s levels, from the sub-levels of unilevel integration to the Fourth Factor and drive for self-transcendence. We talk about the dangers of narcissism and its various forms, the role of positive maladjustment, and how self-reflection and inner transformation is the first step in making the world a better place.

“We need to look within before we start changing the world. The greatest gift we can give to the world is our transformed self.”

This is the image we discussed with Elizabeth around minute 31 from her 2018 Dabrowski Congress slideshow. See the resource list below to download her slides.

“Self-education is about personality development on the ever higher levels. Its highest goals is in the natural dimension the fullness of humanity, and in the supranatural dimension – becoming God-like. Self-education should go hand in hand with introspection, and those two activities should become one effort, lasting a lifetime, to come close to the ideal.” 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Tyranny as a Triumph of Narcissism (article on Medium)

On Primary Integration, Psychopathy and the Average Person (article on LinkedIn)

Sudden Dynamic Insight: Moving from Conflict to Peace (PDF)

What Disintegrates? (PDF)

Pathocracy and Andrzej Łobaczewski (by Dr. Steve Taylor for Psychology Today )

Follow Elizabeth on Twitter

Wondering how you can support our work?

Support the podcast. Positive Disintegration is brought to you by the Dabrowski Center.

If you enjoyed this episode on Apple or Spotify, please remember to click on the stars and leave a rating or write a review.

Thank you for listening to Positive Disintegration. Please, feel free to share!

This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit positivedisintegration.substack.com

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