Author: Editorial Board

The Positive Disintegration Fiction Contest

The Third Factor team is delighted to announce our first-ever positive disintegration fiction contest! As a writer herself, it struck our editor in chief that Kazimierz Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration is something like the hero’s journey.  It offers fertile grounds for both person vs. self and person vs. society conflicts—or perhaps even more interestingly, […]

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How to Submit

Here we explain the process of publishing an article in Third Factor, from your original pitch to our editor through the article’s publication and beyond. We welcome both novices and more experienced writers, though we only pay for articles that show a certain level of writing experience.  There’s more about this two-tier system here.  This […]

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Upcoming Themes

Are you a writer interested in exploring experiences of intensity and positive disintgration, but not sure where to start?  Consider our upcoming issue themes and see if they spark an idea.  Then send us your article pitch!  We don’t have dates set for the following themes yet and will run with whichever gets a critical […]

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Join the Third Factor editorial team!

Third Factor Magazine is seeking volunteer editors to help develop content for the website.  We are delighted to consider any interested candidate, but because of the nature of what we can offer our editors, this opportunity is likely to be particularly suited to undergraduate or graduate English or creative writing majors with an interest in […]

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Third Factor Goes Bimonthly

Greetings, readers!  If you’ve paid close attention to when we’ve been releasing new issues, you’re probably wondering where Issue Five is, since on our monthly schedule, it would have been published a few days ago. What’s happened is that we’ve made the decision to publish bimonthly issues instead of monthly.  It comes down to a […]

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Indigogo Launch Campaign Smashes Goal

We here at Third Factor are delighted to announce that we surpassed our magazine launch fundraising goal.  Our campaign at Indiegogo, which closed on September 4, raised 133% of our goal. This means we’ll be able to pay for some artwork, special features, and other one-time expenses.  To all of you who chipped in, thank […]

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Want to write for TF? Pitch us!

Third Factor‘s cadre of writers is small but growing. In addition to Jessie and Chris, we are delighted to have a small group of licensed therapists and educators lined up to write for us, including an expert on positive disintegration, an expert on giftedness, and a counselor who is new to the theory but has […]

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Introducing the Third Place, our discussion forum

According to American sociologist Ray Oldenberg, a third place is a social environment that’s separate from home (the first place) and work (the second place).  Oldenberg notes that third places—which include cafes, libraries, churches, clubs, parks, and the like—are important for civil society, democracy, and civic engagement, according to the relevant article at Wikipedia.  In […]

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Welcome to Third Factor Magazine!

THIRD FACTOR. The autonomous factor of development. The first factor is the constitutional endowment, the second factor is the social environment. The third factor is the dynamism of conscious choice (valuation) by which one affirms or rejects certain qualities in oneself and in one’s environment. (Dabrowski, 1972) Welcome, readers! Allow us to introduce ourselves: we […]

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Write for Us

Third Factor is always looking for new voices.  We want publish stories of living with intensity; the experience of giftedness across the lifespan; growing as a divergent, creative, unusual person; and positive disintegration and reintegration.  We also publish interviews on these topics.  If you’re new to Third Factor, we encourage you to look through our […]

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