On Internal Potential

Each person has potential inside, a unique talent that, in a perfect world, they’d be able to realize.  But so many, for whatever reason, struggle or fail to do so.  That’s tragic, and it can cause significant human suffering.

Use the drop down menu above or the links below to see lists of posts that explore elements of this broader theme.  Most posts are listed under more than one category, but here are the general subjects of interest:

  • Kazimierz Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) provides a foundation for my exploration of the internal world.  I’ve created an introduction to the theory for those who are new to TPD, while a series of posts might interest those who already are familiar with the theory.
  • I also am interested in that quality of the brain we call “giftedness,” what it is, how it manifests, and–most of all–the challenges (which are perhaps surprising to people who aren’t familiar with our modern understanding of giftedness) that gifted people face to realizing their potential.
  • Related but perhaps interesting to a partially separate group of readers is the subject of creativity.  What does it mean to be creative?  What is life like for creative people?  How do we empower them?  (I’m not sure we always really want to, even though this is a great buzz word these days….)
  • My dad died suddenly in February 2016.  That’s how grief interjected itself into my writing, but oddly, this subject ended up overlapping with a lot of the things above.  Frankly, I think these are some of my more powerful posts.
  • And then there’s mindfulness, which overlaps with grief because it was Dad’s big lesson for his kids (Dad was always ahead of the trends), and also relates pretty well to everything else I mentioned above.

I’m sure I’ll have more to add to this list in the future, but this is what I’ve got so far.