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The Path of the Agreeable Questioner: An Interview with Andrea Lynn Lewis

Do you want to ask probing intellectual questions while also getting along with those who disagree with you?

Andrea Lynn Lewis has a lot of practice with this balancing act. She shares her thoughts on echo chambers, brittle relationships, and striving to live up to her ideal.

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Are You Abstract Intense?

To reach those who need it, it would be useful to have a neutral, descriptive synonym for the word “gifted.” Here’s my suggestion.

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The Path of the Agreeable Questioner: An Interview with Andrea Lynn Lewis

Do you want to ask probing intellectual questions while also getting along with those who disagree with you?

Andrea Lynn Lewis has a lot of practice with this balancing act. She shares her thoughts on echo chambers, brittle relationships, and striving to live up to her ideal.

white clouds
Are You Abstract Intense?

To reach those who need it, it would be useful to have a neutral, descriptive synonym for the word “gifted.” Here’s my suggestion.

Podcast Episode 2: Gender and the Hero's Journey

What happens when you think you're on a hero's journey, but end up on the wrong path? In this episode, co-host Laura describes her experience of medical gender transition and detransition as she realizes the path to her authentic self lies far beyond the realm of gender.

We dive deep into the factors led to her decision to transition and her process of detransition and radical self-acceptance. We also discuss the role of socialization on young people's identities and contemplate the impact of trauma, eating disorders, isolation, and gender nonconformity, questioning the rationale and effectiveness of medical gender intervention to treat the human condition.

Please note that we may discuss sensitive topics. If any cause you distress, please consult a trained mental health practitioner.

Learn more about our team by following us on Twitter:
Vincent @VincentPsychSA
Laura @ratfunk
Jessie @jlmannisto

Issue 19: What We're Made Of

What’s Up at Third Factor

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, with a lot of new voices coming on board.

Activating the Third Factor through Mind-Body Communion

It’s great to have a powerful intellect—but not so great to neglect the rest of your self.

Somatic awareness coach Ilana Grostern explains how she healed the artificial split between her mind and her body to tap into a previously neglected source of knowledge.

Third Factor Reads: The Genetic Lottery · Innate · The Cult of Smart

How should we think about genetic inequity in social and educational policy? Rick Heller reviews three recent books on the subject with an eye to making society fair where inborn endowment is not.

Issue 18: From Positive Maladjustment to Positive Adjustment

Why We Joined the Institute for Liberal Values

We’re proud to team up with an organization that shares our values of free expression, critical thinking, civic engagement, and humility.

Gothic Childhoods

Fantasy novelist Karen Nilsen reflects on how good parenting—and the emotional honesty of stories like Hans Christian Andersen’s—shielded her from her grandmother’s pathological narcissism.

But are children today getting the same preparation? Or are our mermaids too watered down?

What is Positive Maladjustment?

There’s an easy answer and a much harder one.

We’ll give you the quick and easy explanation of Dabrowski’s idea of positive maladjustment. Then we’ll talk about all that goes into truly learning to answer this question.

A Glamorous Hell

More and more of us are thinking of trying self-employment. Freelancer Morgan Grace Milburn debunks the simplistic narratives about this path to help you figure out if you really should make the leap.

Issue 17: Gender for Uncommon People

Gender and the Square Peg

When a quirky kid goes online to ask whether she might be trans, the algorithms aren’t going to give her any alternatives to consider. That’s a problem that this magazine’s mission demands that we address.

Unapologetically Speaking His Mind: An Interview with Upperhand Mars

It’s never been easy to be an independent thinker, but discussing contentious issues that affect you personally on social media has to be the hardest way to do it. We sit down with Mars, a politically homeless transgender man, to talk about where he found his confidence and why he keeps talking despite the abuse he takes from Left and Right alike.

A Fresh Perspective on Gender: An Interview with Angus Fox of Genspect

A new, moderate organization offers a new take on gender, zooming in on neurodivergence, the need for role models, and the good that outliers do in the world.

Dysphoria and Disintegration in Women Who Are “Too Much”

Katherine knew she was uncommon. When she turned to the Internet to find people like her, they told her that was because a personality like hers did not belong in a female body.

Then she happened upon an alternative perspective—one that her fellow uncommon women should have been making clearer to her all along.

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