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In Our Latest Issue

One of Kazimierz Dabrowski’s students explains the workings of the third factor of development and compares it to other frameworks.

Richard Dawkins and Scott Barry Kaufman are both seeing what our editor in chief is seeing: a shift in culture that it’s up to us to resist.

One of the great essayists of the early twentieth century reminds our readers, whom we trust will appreciate it, of the beauty to be found in ordinary things.

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When there are rules and taboos that prevent true fellowship, is there a path out of this stifling pseudo-community? Ralph Rickenbach blends the insights of M. Scott Peck and Kazimierz Dabrowski to navigate through the chaos.

What skills do we need to contribute to healthy communities? Author Neil Barnes has teased out five foundational abilities.

You asked. We answered. What is this thing we named our magazine after, and what are the first and second factors? And why is this concept from Kazimierz Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration so much more important than his more well-known construct of overexcitability?

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Posting [on normal social media feels] like walking out my door and reciting a poem quietly and then walking back into my home. Posting on Third Factor is doing it in a neighborhood coffee shop where if you don’t know everybody you’re going to get to know everybody. Just the act of being able to share things that I find value in with people who I find value with, commented upon or not is precious. It’s precious because it’s rare. It’s rare because we are.

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- Marie