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Secondary Integration of a Career Ideal: The Pathfinding of Gifted Social Entrepreneurs

Joi will share about her dissertation research and focus on findings about how gifted adults who are social entrepreneurs exhibit aspects of Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. Aspects will include overexcitabilities, dynamisms, and advanced career development including what Joi calls “secondary integration of a career ideal” based on Dabrowski’s work. The session will end with recommendations for gifted adults, career counselors, and future research.

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Bio: Joi Lin, PhD, is an adjunct professor in the teacher education program at the University of Denver and the Director of Professional Education at the Gifted Development Center. Her dissertation was a Collective Case Study Career Critique of Social Entrepreneurs Who Are Gifted Adults and featured five gifted adults including Dr. Chris Wells, founder of the Dabrowski Center. She is passionate about supporting the career development and wellbeing of the gifted and professionals who support the gifted. She lives in Littleton, Colorado with her partner and their apple tree.