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.

Persevering Through the Pandemic A Letter from the Editor for Issue 13

Editor-in-Chief Jessie Mannisto introduces Issue 13: When the World Seems to Disintegrate (July/August 2020)

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In Search of Exemplars An Interview with Michael Piechowski, Part I

We chat with Michael Piechowski about his work on the theory of positive disintegration and finding people whose lives show the theory in action.

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The Anti-Creative Funk of Isolation

Creativity has always had a solitary component, but the pandemic drove home to author Jessie Mannisto how much creation is fueled by human connection.

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Bottles of Intellect, Imagination, and Emotion Escaping Lockdown by Developing the Senses

Developing my ability to notice tastes and smells from far-off lands has been a way to briefly escape lockdown, in a way that’s not quite as unhealthy as it sounds.

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Looking Up A Letter from the Editor for Issue 12

Editor-in-Chief Jessie Mannisto introduces Issue 12: Upward, our May/June 2020 release.

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Transcending Labels An Interview with Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman knows a lot about the labels bright, quirky people often stick upon themselves. In this interview with Third Factor’s editor in chief, he suggests we might be missing something much more important.

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When the G-Word Gets in the Way

For some, the word “gifted” can be a life preserver. Once they’re back on dry land, however, it will surely serve them best to hang it up.

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Third Factor Reads: Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman

Abraham Maslow extended a hand to Scott Barry Kaufman as he strove to grow as a human being. In TRANSCEND, Kaufman now extends that hand to us.

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A Look in the Mirror A Letter from the Editor for Issue 11

Our editor in chief introduces the March/April 2020 issue, featuring Dabrowski’s dynamism of subject-object in oneself and several articles that show it in action.

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Dabrowski’s Dynamisms: Subject-Object in Oneself

Dynamisms are the heart of the theory of positive disintegration. But what exactly did Dabrowski mean by that abstruse term, “subject-object in oneself?” Our editor explains this powerful process.

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