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Through Chaos, Toward Community

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.

Dealing with Detractors: How to Protect Your Equanimity

When you engage publicly, there will be a lot of people who want you to shut up—and occasionally, one will go to great lengths to make it happen.

Based on her own experience, therapist Stephanie Winn shares her thoughts on how to maintain equanimity when a detractor is playing by different rules.

Lessons From My “Are You My People?!” World Tour

After an unmirrored youth and alienation in her early career led her to a positive disintegration, Hannah Klein set out to find a community with whom she actually clicked. Starting from scratch, she shares what she’s learned about finding healthy, positively adjusted friends.

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Lessons From My “Are You My People?!” World Tour

After an unmirrored youth and alienation in her early career led her to a positive disintegration, Hannah Klein set out to find a community with whom she actually clicked. Starting from scratch, she shares what she’s learned about finding healthy, positively adjusted friends.

Through Chaos, Toward Community

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.

Dealing with Detractors: How to Protect Your Equanimity

When you engage publicly, there will be a lot of people who want you to shut up—and occasionally, one will go to great lengths to make it happen.

Based on her own experience, therapist Stephanie Winn shares her thoughts on how to maintain equanimity when a detractor is playing by different rules.

Community Zooms

Check out our Springtime Community Zooms!  We've got two open Zooms scheduled as well as four small group discussions for April, May, and June.

If you'd like to participate - or to receive email notifications about future sessions - please sign up at patreon.com/ThirdFactor.

Issue 21

What Skills Do We Need for Community?

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

Your Body as a Barometer for Belonging

Fitting in is merely a simulacrum of belonging—but your body can tell what’s real and what isn’t. Pay attention to the signals it gives you.

Third Factor: The Origin Story

As we work to take this magazine and community to the next level, our strategist Alexis Obernauer wanted to reflect on where this project came from. So she sat down to chat with founder and editor in chief Jessie Mannisto. Here’s the result!

Issue 20: In Search of Wisdom

Authentic Conscience: Unpacking Dabrowski’s Third Factor

The theory of positive disintegration emphasizes authenticity. So what if someone’s authentically a jerk?

The question nagged at the author early in her study of Dabrowski’s theory. With a reframing of the third factor, however, it became clear why no one’s personality ideal is to become a supervillain.

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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.

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.

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.

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