About the Editors

[Pic of Jessie]Jessie L. Mannisto is co-founder and editor in chief of Third Factor.  She has worn many professional hats, including that of leadership analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, where she wrote psychobiographic assessments of foreign leaders for US policymakers.  In 2011, she was the Google Policy Fellow at the American Library Association, where she analyzed digital technologies’ impact on the quality of our lives and our ability to think deeply.  She has also served as the Assistant to the Consul General of Japan in Detroit, as a United States Pavilion Guide at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, and as an English teacher in Japan through the JET Program.

Today Jessie is working to combine her background in applied leadership analysis with the Theory of Positive Disintegration to develop a better understanding of human catalysts in social movements—and to empower those who seek to better our world.  Her work has been published in In These Times and Advanced Development Journal (forthcoming), and she serves on the editorial board of Democratic Left, the magazine of the Democratic Socialists of America.  (She dislikes political echo chambers, however, and is committed to showcasing a diversity of perspectives at Third Factor.)  She practices insight meditation, which she recommends to others who seek to harness and channel overexcitability.  A proud native of Detroit, Jessie currently lives in physical space in Washington, DC, on the Web at jlmannisto.com, or (sporadically and grudgingly) on Twitter at @jlmannisto.  よろしくお願いします!

[Pic of Chris]Christiane (Chris) Wells, Ph.D. is the executive editor and co-founder of Third Factor. During her doctoral program in educational psychology she studied parenting stress in parents of twice-exceptional (2e) children. Growing up identified as a gifted child, Chris struggled with asynchronous development and underachievement, realizing only later in life that her differences did not mean that she was defective. She is a writer who has experienced positive disintegration several times in her life: she published an autobiography, No Guarantees, when she was 20 years old, and subsequently spent several years in mental health treatment where her intensities were misunderstood.

Chris has studied Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration as a student of Michael M. Piechowski. Her archive of his works (and other works related to TPD) can be found at christianewells.com. She was a social worker in the field of child welfare before beginning her study of Dabrowski’s theory. Originally from Connecticut, Chris lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her husband and son. She is currently the director of qualitative research at the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development in Westminster, Colorado.