|Spreker(s):||Michael Piechowski (Spreker)|
The famous diaries of Etty Hillesum offer abundant material in which to trace her inner transformation. Kazimierz Dabrowski developed a theory that describes the distinctive kind of personality development that involves intense crises, self-evaluation and self-judgment and a deliberate effort to achieve a higher level of integration. He called the process positive disintegration. The process starts spontaneously so that the individual is taken by surprise. In her diaries Etty Hillesum recorded in great detail her path of self-development toward inner peace and overcoming hate with love and hope. Her life illustrates Dabrowski’s theory to perfection.