Krystyna Laycraft

Krystyna Laycraft
The University of Calgary | HBI · Werklund School of Education

PhD University of Calgary

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Education
September 2009
The University of Calgary
Field of study
  • Theory of Education
September 1984 - June 1988
The University of Calgary
Field of study
  • Physics
September 1968 - June 1972
The University of Warsaw
Field of study
  • Physics, Mathematics

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Publications (26)
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The Positive Disintegration of Maria Sklodowska Curie, Part I: Developmental Potential Published in the Third Factor. A Magazine for the Intense, Creative, Gifted, and Quirky, Issue 12, May/June 2020 Maria Sklodowska1 is one of the great names in the history of science. Her work led to the discovery of radium, polonium, and the invention of the ter...
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Heightened sensitivity, heightened intensity, heightened awareness and advanced cognitive development, compared to chronological aged peers, distinguish the highly-profoundly gifted child and permeate their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and/or altruistic life experiences. This instinctive and often asynchronous development has been histori...
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This article presents Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) as future-oriented psychology. According to Dabrowski, positive disintegration is characterized by a transition from narrow to a broad understanding of reality, involving the capacity for reflecting on one’s past history (retrospection) and for envisaging the future of one’s...
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In the late eighties and early nineties Eastern Europe experienced enormous political changes that led to my native Poland a democratic country. At the time, this exciting news evoked in me powerful emotions of enjoyment, curiosity, and delight, leading to my decision to return to Poland after eight years living in Canada. The decision was one of m...
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The purpose of this chapter was to investigate creativity in adolescents and young adults and its role in psychological development. For this qualitative research, hermeneutic phenomenology/ontology linked with the narrative/biography methodology was chosen. To interpret the data, the pattern models of creativity were generated, by applying the con...
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The article introduces the main ideas and concepts of Dąbrowski’s theory of positive disintegration, and then subsequently provides a reconceptualization of this theory by complexity science. According to Dąbrowski, positive disintegration is the mental development described by the process of transition from lower to higher levels of mental life an...
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This article presents an analysis of the positive disintegration as a process of symmetry breaking. Symmetry breaking plays a major role in self-organized patterns formation and correlates directly to increasing complexity and function specialization. According to Dąbrowski, a creator of the Theory of Positive Disintegration, the change from lower...
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The study of creativity of young people and its role as a component of their psychological development is presented. Specifically, the aim of the research was to investigate the role of creativity as a possible natural protective and prophylactic outlet for addressing mental “disorders” of adolescents, like anxiety or depression. For this qualitati...
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The study of creativity of young people and its role as a component of their psychological development is presented. For this qualitative research, hermeneutic phenomenology/ontology linked with the narrative/biography methodology was chosen. As a process of interpretation of the data, we create conceptual models called pattern models of the develo...
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In this presentation, the methodology for studying human processes such as psychological development and creativity is introduced. Assuming that these processes are subjective and multiple as shown by participants in a study, a qualitative design for the research is appropriate. Merriam (1988) proposes six assumptions that apply in the qualitative...
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This chapter provides a new approach to the study of creativity of adolescents and young adults by combining the idea of self-organization with theories of emotions. To gather data for this qualitative research, hermeneutic phenomenology/ontology linked with the narrative/biography methods was chosen. As a process of interpretation of the data, pat...
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This chapter provides a new approach to the study of creativity of adolescents and young adults by combining the idea of self-organisation with theories of emotions. To gather data for this qualitative research, hermeneutic phenomenology/ontology linked with narrative/biography methods were chosen.
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The purpose of this study was to investigate creativity of young people and its role as a component of their psychological development. For this qualitative research, hermeneutic phenomenology linked to narrative/biography methods was applied. As a process of interpretation of the data, the pattern models of creativity were generated by applying th...
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The study of creativity of young people and its role as a component of their psychological development is presented. Specifically, the aim of the research was to investigate the role of creativity as a possible natural protective and prophylactic outlet for addressing mental “disorders” of adolescents, like anxiety or depression. For this qualitati...
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The book, Creativity as an Order through Emotions, contains five stories involving creative young people. The author analyze their psychological growth and the role of creativity in their lives. Creativity has many different functions: Creativity becomes a way to escape from unfriendly or brutal environments. Creativity becomes an outlet for inter...
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The study of creativity of young people and its role as a component of their psychological development is presented. Specifically, the aim of the research was to investigate the role of creativity as a possible natural protective and prophylactic outlet for addressing mental “disorders” of adolescents, like anxiety or depression. For this qualitati...
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The idea for this dissertation has been incubating for many years. Since 1994, I have been involved in creative pursuits that have given me enormous joy, delight, and satisfaction. I spent every weekend in the Rocky Mountains observing, sketching, and photographing. I returned from each of these escapades, happy, full of energy, and ready to deal w...
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This article introduces a conceptual model of the adolescent development based on the theory of positive disintegration combined with theory of self-organization. Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration, which was created almost a half century ago, still attracts psychologists' and educators' attention, and is extensively applied into studies...
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Similarities of two philosophies, I Ching and Theory of Positive Disintegration, will be presented. I Ching (Book of Changes)is the oldest and greatest Chinese classic. It became the foundation of the Taoist and Confucian philosophies. Theory of Positive Disintegration is a complex and comprehensive theory of human development, described by K. Dabr...
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Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration describes patterns and explains mechanisms of human development and has been successfully applied to understanding of gifted individuals. This article shows how the concepts of chaos theory and self-organization such as the sensitivity to initial conditions, positive and negative feedback, bifurcation p...

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