Many gifted children experience these stimuli as over-excitabilities. Dabrowski is well known for his interpretation of the excitabilities. It is generally a relief for many parents of gifted children when they discover Dabrowski’s over-excitabilities. They find their own child described within the scope of one or more over-excitabilities. For many parents learning about Dabrowski’s over-excitabilities brings relief that there isn’t something serious plaguing their child; however, even with a description, many gifted children continue to have difficulty fitting in with age-peers. Most of the time the problem isn’t that age-peers are not interested in playing with the gifted child; it is that gifted children may display over-excitability behaviors other children do not understand. This is where the asynchronous development of gifted children comes in. There are times when gifted children tend to seek out others like themselves regardless of age. Yet, there are still times when the child wants to play like other eight-year-olds. It is sometimes difficult for adults to remember that.
A great source of information about Dabrowski’s over-excitabilities is the web site Hoagie’s Gifted: http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/positive_disint.htm