Author: Jessie Mannisto

A divergent thinker who can't abide an echo chamber, Jessie has served as assistant to the Consul General of Japan, Google Policy Fellow, and CIA leadership analyst. She is now an independent writer and analyst.

In Search of Connection A Letter from the Editor for Issue 10

Issue 10 is here! Our editor in chief introduces new contributors, previews the articles, and shares some exciting proto-news.

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Inhibited, Provoking, Despairing, or Thriving? An Interview with Dr. Sonja Falck on High IQ Relational Styles

Are there specific relationship challenges that stem from having a high IQ? Through her research and consulting work, Dr. Sonja Falck developed a model that suggests three general types of relational struggles for high IQ adults—and one broad way in which bright people can thrive.

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Remembering How to Be (Without Your Phone) An Interview with Anya Pechko of Project Be

To connect meaningfully, the most important thing we can give people is our time—without a phone constantly interrupting it. Consultant and coach Anya Pechko shares some striking insights on how to do this from her work with clients seeking to overcome digital addiction.

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What Goes Into Free Thought? An Interview with Dr. Marta Lenartowicz of the School of Thinking

Think you know how to think? The brand new School of Thinking at Vrije Universiteit Brussel is designed to teach students precisely this. Dr. Marta Lenartowicz sat down with Third Factor Magazine to tell us just what the School does—and offers you a few ideas to of areas to focus your own thinking, even if you can’t make it to Belgium for class.

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Practicing Parrhesia: Fearless Speech for Agreeable Overthinkers Part II in a Series on Intellectual Intensity and Cancel Culture

Socrates and the Buddha have some suggestions for you highly agreeable types who can’t quite bring yourself to speak up about something important.

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Living Life with an Intense Mind A Letter from the Editor for Issue Nine

Editor in Chief Jessie Mannisto introduces our new editors, invites you to take a survey, and highlights the issue’s theme of exploring that thing we (reluctantly) call giftedness.

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Life in the Rainforest: Sensitivity, Intensity, and Giftedness An Interview with Psychotherapist Paula Prober

Paula Prober coined the term “rainforest mind” to describe those gifted, complex individuals she works with as a psychotherapist. And though having a rainforest mind may be uncommon, rainforest minds generally have some commonalities, as she explained when she sat down with us.

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Cancel Culture and the Intellectually Intense Part I: Why We Need a Healthy & Courageous Speech Ideal

It’s always been hard to be a questioner, but today’s political atmosphere—combined with digital mobbing tools—have made it harder than ever. What’s a good-faith questioner to do?

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Reflecting on Ourselves

Dear Readers, Welcome to our September/October 2019 issue!  We’re delighted to feature two returning contributors as well as a new contributor and a new interviewee in this issue. The thread that ties all their stories together is that of reflecting: that essential process through which we come to understand ourselves better, thereby experiencing growth. In Can […]

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A Winding Path to Artisanship An Interview with Pierre Miller of the Desiderata Pen Company

“Starting your own business is a lot of work. It should come as no surprise that ‘entrepreneurship’ is such a long word.” So says Pierre Miller, founder of the Desiderata Pen Company. In this interview, he shares the winding path that led him from his STEM degree to becoming an artisan and a small business owner, and how it required continual work at reintegration.

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