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Through the Dąbrowski lens: Philosophy, faith, and the personality ideal


Harper, AJ and Clifford, C, Through the Dąbrowski lens: Philosophy, faith, and the personality ideal, Roeper Review, 39, (4) pp. 262-268. ISSN 0278-3193 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2017 The Roeper Institute. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Roeper Review on 11 October 2017, available online:

DOI: doi:10.1080/02783193.2017.1363100


Kazimierz Dąbrowski’s (1902–1980) five-level theory of personality development, the theory of positive disintegration, is one in which the experience of all emotions is essential for the process of individual growth toward the personality ideal. In this article, we introduce the phenomenological and existential influences on Dąbrowski, including the influence of Sřren Kierkegaard. We also examine Dąbrowski’s reflections on faith, Christianity, God, and human purpose, with particular reference to his unpublished manuscript, Confessions of Faith in Thoughts and Aphorisms.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Dąbrowski, phenomenology, Kierkegaard, positive disintegration, philosophy, development, existential, Confessions of faith
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Harper, AJ (Dr Amanda Harper)
UTAS Author:Clifford, C (Dr Christine Clifford)
ID Code:121197
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-09-14
Last Modified:2022-08-23
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