Hypersensitivities in HLP Children 2017-04-20T13:34:34+00:00
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Hypersensitivities in Children with High Learning Potential

One way of understanding some of the characteristics of individuals with high learning potential is to look at the ‘hypersensitivities’ or ‘overexcitabilities’. The term overexcitabilities, sometimes referred to as OEs, comes from the Theory of Positive Disintegration, a personality development theory, which was developed by Kazimierz Dabrowski – Polish Psychologist and Psychiatrist (1902-1980).

More information about hypersensitivities is available on our advice sheet PA610 Hypersensitivity (Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities)

In developing and researching his theory Dabrowski found that people with advanced emotional development, including advanced moral development, had a set of traits which he termed ‘Overexcitabilities’, or hypersensitivities. This is characterised byTO VIEW THE REST OF THE ARTICLE PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

The 5 Hypersensitivities that Dabrowski observed were:

Psychomotor - movement, restlessness, activity & energy

Psychomotor hypersensitivity is an enhanced excitability of the neuromuscular system. It is characterised by a surplus of energy, being busy and restless,TO VIEW THE REST OF THE ARTICLE PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

Find out about supporting children with psychomotor hypersensitivity with our advice sheet PA611 HLP and Active (Psychomotor Overexcitability)

Intellectual - thirst for knowledge, discovery, questioning, love of ideas & search for truth

Intellectual hypersensitivity is an intensified activity of the mind. It is characterised by curiosity, good concentration when interested, sustained intellectual effort on…TO VIEW THE REST OF THE ARTICLE PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

Find out about supporting children with intellectual hypersensitivity with our advice sheet PA612 Enthused About Learning (Intellectual Overexcitability)

Sensual - enhanced refinement of sensory experiences

Sensual hypersensitivity is when sensory aspects of life are heightened. It is characterised by sensitivity to sensory stimuli, delight in beautiful objects, strong reactions to…TO VIEW THE REST OF THE ARTICLE PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

Find out about supporting children with intellectual hypersensitivity with our advice sheet PA613 Sensual Hypersensitivity (Sensual Overexcitability)

Emotional - depth & intensity of emotional life, compassion & self-examination

Emotional hypersensitivity is when feelings and emotions are intensified. It is characterised by extremes of emotion, having complex emotions, a perceptive…TO VIEW THE REST OF THE ARTICLE PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

Find out about supporting children with intellectual hypersensitivity with our advice sheet PA614 Emotional Hypersensitivity (Emotional Overexcitability)

Imaginational - vividness of imagery, richness of association, fantasies & invention

Imaginational hypersensitivity is a capacity to visualise extremely well. It is characterised by having private worlds, being prone to invention and fantasy, having detail visualisation…TO VIEW THE REST OF THE ARTICLE PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

Find out about supporting children with intellectual hypersensitivity with our advice sheet PA615 Overactive Imagination (Imaginational Overexcitability)

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