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.

What’s Up at Third Factor?

Issue 14 is here! And we’d also love your feedback on community platforms.

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The Depths of Dabrowski’s Levels An Interview with Michael Piechowski, Part II

Michael Piechowski shares why he’s updated the way he thinks about Dabrowski’s levels of development.

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The Heroes of Our Own Political Stories On Exploring the Spectrum of Politics and Values

I just can’t help trying to understand why people think about politics the way they do. I’m betting plenty of others with high intellectual and emotional excitability might feel the same.

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A Place for Orchids

If you think of yourself as “overexcitable,” you’ll surely see yourself in W. Thomas Boyce’s book, THE ORCHID AND THE DANDELION.

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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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