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Diagnosis Ted [Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities]

Created: Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
12:21:47 UTC

I'm a Chosen One?

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Subject: Diagnosis Ted [Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities]
From: "HopeSeekr of xMule" <hopeseekr@redacted>
Date: 2006-08-09 02:29

OK; it's 2'30 in the AM here, so I'm sort of foggy.

But this is me!!!

I can't stand the feel of grass; never have :O I match every thing I read (~80% of the total). I'm very "clingy" in relationships and desire sex but have never had intercourse, etc. OMG :O

But is this bad??? I personally *love* being me (except for the entire unrequitted love thing) and I would *hate* it if they started medicating away my personality :O I figure if more were like me we would be more empathetic and be able to take care of each other and generally have great romantic relationships, bring peace to earth, colonize the stars, etc.

here's to dreaming and striving to bring our dreams true.


Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities

Often the source of much distress and idiosynchrocies in the life of children (and later on adults) with higher intellectual abilities, Overexcitabilities have been identified in studies conducted by Dabrowski that identify the following five primary groups.

Remember: Take the test as you were when you were 8 years old! This is a test for children, not matured adults.

Psychomotor:

The primary sign of this intensity is a surplus of energy. Children with a dominant psychomotor overexcitability are often misdiagnosed with ADHD since characteristics are similar.

  1. Rapid speech
  2. Impulsive behavior
  3. Competitiveness
  4. Compulsive talking
  5. Compulsive organizing
  6. Nervous habits and tics
  7. Preference for fast action and sports
  8. Physical expression of emotions
  9. Sleeplessness

Sensual:

The primary sign of this intensity is a heightened awareness of all five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing.

Children with a dominant sensual overexcitability are can get sick from the smell of certain foods or as toddlers will hate to walk on grass in their bare feet. The pleasure they get from the tastes and textures of some foods may cause them to overeat. This intensity may cause negative effects due to the need for comfort and pleasure, often misdirected in frequent unprotected sex, a constant "clingy-ness" in relationships, and other similar qualities.

  1. Appreciation of beauty, whether in writing, music, art or nature. Includes love of objects like jewelry
  2. Sensitive to smells, tastes, or textures of foods
  3. Sensitivity to pollution
  4. Tactile sensitivity (Bothered by feel of some materials on the skin, clothing tags)
  5. Craving for pleasure
  6. Need or desire for comfort

Intellectual:

This intensity is the one most recognized in gifted children. It is characterized by activities of the mind, thought and thinking about thinking. Children who lead with this intensity seem to be thinking all the time and want answers to deep thoughts. Sometimes their need for answers will get them in trouble in school when their questioning of the teacher can look like disrespectful challenging.

  1. Deep curiosity
  2. Love of knowledge and learning
  3. Love of problem solving
  4. Avid reading
  5. Asking of probing questions
  6. Theoretical thinking
  7. Analytical thinking
  8. Independent thinking
  9. Concentration, ability to maintain intellectual effort

Imaginational:

The primary sign of this intensity is the free play of the imagination. Their vivid imaginations can cause them to visualize the worst possibility in any situation. It can keep them from taking chances or getting involved in new situations.

  1. Vivid dreams
  2. Fear of the unknown
  3. Good sense of humor
  4. Magical thinking
  5. Love of poetry, music and drama
  6. Love of fantasy
  7. Daydreaming
  8. Imaginary friends
  9. Detailed visualization

Emotional:

The primary sign of this intensity is exceptional emotional sensitivity. Children with a strong emotional overexcitability are sometimes mistakenly believed to have bipolar disorder or other emotional problems and disorders. They are often the children about whom people will say, "He's too sensitive for his own good."

  1. Extremes of emotion
  2. Anxiety
  3. Feelings of guilt and sense of responsibility
  4. Feelings of inadequacy and inferiority
  5. Timidity and shyness
  6. Loneliness
  7. Deep Concern for others
  8. Heightened sense right and wrong, of injustice and hypocrisy
  9. Strong memory for feelings
  10. Problems adjusting to change
  11. Depression
  12. Need for security
  13. Physical response to emotions (stomach aches caused by anxiety, for example)

Ramifications

After conducting this survey with approximately 100,000 people, the average number of "hits" for a person trends to be around 5. If you have more than 20 hits, you are almost certainly what is called a Hypersensitive (or more commonly today, A Sensitive).

CONGRADULATIONS! If you scored over a 25, you are a MUTANT! The next stage of human evolution. I refer to us not as homo sapien sapien but as homo sapien sensitivus, and if you are anything like me, you have struggled to fit in with age peers in our society, except for a few people who just "get" you and vice versa instantly. These people probably have the Sensitivus genes, too!

If you scored a 25 or higher, I sincerely hope that this will validate that, yes, you are different, yes, it can be / is super isolating and lonely, but hang in there, and try to reproduce with your own kind, if possible. Many of us are in unrewarding relationships, and that is to be expected, as our kind still numbers in the very low percentile, but take heart: The future of humanity is literally right inside your bloodstream ;-)

Together, I know we can make the planet a better place. Why don't you come join me?!

Do you date awesome guys?