I recently discovered that many gifted and sensitive people are drawn to cults, that some believe this is due to the former's innate sense of idealism. A clinician named Dabrowski wrote about the gifted and sensitive population. He believed that certain neuroses are necessary for full character development. Rather than characterize depressive states as pathological, Dabrowski wrote of why they can be essential. Several clinicians and educators offer support and discernment in Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults. Instead of looking at the powerhouse one-minded personality as singularly desireable, Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration, and his associated views, offers that abstract and meek are equally necessary and helpful for the planet.
So much to share with you this week! For a revealing treat, read the questions included in a privilege walk. I cried when I read them. Marisa Gonzalez discusses the questions at hers here: http://theodysseyonline.com/washington-state/privilege-walk/145970. I've read a couple of other accounts that discredit the privilege walk as entirely subjective and void of complete coverage of all types of non-privilege. At first, I started to feel angry that anyone would think the exercise useless. Then I realized, you know -- we're all different. We're all going to see things through the eyes of our own experiences. If people want to say the privilege doesn't exist because they can't see it, well, gosh -- that's their choice to live in that reality. Not much can be done for those who don't want to see a different perspective. For those that do: Thanks for reading and searching!
4/19/16 Corrected spelling in third paragraph.