openness to experience

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openness to experience

Post by btillier » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:12 pm

The Jesse – a general comment – when is the third factor going to publish an article describing what third factor is and who is going to write it?

In your article on openness in your preamble you state—Andrea Lynn explores how her high level of openness to experience, a Big Five personality trait that has been described as analogous to overexcitability, has manifested itself on her winding political and intellectual journey.

I’m not sure what level of expertise you expect your audience to be at but it would probably be very helpful to describe briefly what the big five model of personality is. You state that openness to experience is analogous to overexcitability but you do not mention that this is very controversial within the Dabrowski community. The research that has suggested that it is analogous is based upon literature that has considered overexcitabilities as an independent trait or variable and has not put overexcitabilities in the context of the theory of positive disintegration. In fact this was one of the main arguments of the authors who make these observations (Vuyk, Kerr, & Krieshok, 2016; Vuyk, Krieshok, & Kerr, 2016).

It is somewhat confounding that you didn’t mention these references or the controversy involved.

Two questions arise – is it legitimate to look at overexcitabilities apart from TPD and if so, should we try to research and document the idea that the overexcitabilities may be a facet of openness?

Is there a benefit within the theory of positive disintegration to look at relationships between overexcitabilities, and perhaps dynamisms, with openness?

Vuyk, M. A., Kerr, B. A., & Krieshok, T. S. (2016). From overexcitabilities to openness: Informing gifted education with psychological science. Gifted and Talented International, 31(1), 59-71.

Vuyk, M. A., Krieshok, T. S., & Kerr, B. A. (2016). Openness to experience rather than overexcitabilities: Call it like it is. Gifted Child Quarterly.

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Re: openness to experience

Post by Jessie » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:39 pm

Given those articles you cited and their knocking OE, it's encouraging that people like Andrea who know about the Five Factor Model nevertheless come to Third Factor and still find something useful in the construct of overexcitability. Of course, the connection is ultimately up to each reader, as we noted tentatively when we said, "Third Factor readers might link this trait to intellectual overexcitability." If others wish to write about this subject either way, we'd definitely be interested. (Pitches can be sent here: )

As for the choice about how much explanation to give regarding the Big Five, my guess was that people who aren't expert on psychology but have enough interest to be reading Third Factor in the first place probably know what it is. But what do others think? Anyone else here have thoughts?

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