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Posts by Jessie Mannisto

  1. So What is the Third Factor, Anyway?

    You asked. We answered. What is this thing we named our magazine after, and what are the first and second factors? And why is this concept from Kazimierz Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration so much more important than his more well-known construct of overexcitability?

  2. Why I’m Optimistic About Our New Forum

    We’re trying to cultivate a high-quality space for Third Factor’s intellectually engaged readers to develop meaningful connections and have robust discussions. So why is this so hard on Facebook? Our editor in chief ponders why our new forum, at least so far, seems to suit us better than Facebook.

  3. Resilience: From the Roots to the Branches

    What stops a bright, intense, gifted person from blossoming? The Daimon Institute’s Sue Jackson sits down with us to talk about the hurdles her clients often face—and how they can begin to put out the roots they need to bloom.

  4. What’s Up at Third Factor?

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

  5. 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.

  6. The Heroes of Our Own Political Stories

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

  7. 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.

  8. Persevering Through the Pandemic

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

  9. 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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