Our Mission

Third Factor Magazine aims to offer thought-provoking content that helps the creative, the quirky, and the so-called “gifted” understand themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and their paths to growth.  We strive to inspire and empower these intense souls to live their best lives and make their unique contributions to their communities and the world.

We write for those who experience life intensely: a group that includes many who have been described as “creative” or “gifted,” but isn’t limited to those categories.  To that end, Third Factor takes as its foundation the theory of positive disintegration (TPD), developed by Kazimierz Dabrowski (1902-1980).  We think TPD is a productive lens through which to make sense of today’s world.  Its idea of “positive maladjustment” is sure to resonate with many: we face an epidemic of depression, anxiety, and general alienation, and we’re simultaneously witnessing springs of hope and desire for change in the form of nascent social movements—political, spiritual, and humanistic.  By sharing the ideas of TPD with the mainstream outside of academia, we seek to contribute to positive transformative trends.  We want to help our readers reintegrate themselves at a higher internal level so that they can, in turn, help raise the level of our society.

To this end, we feature some articles that expressly discuss Dabrowski’s theory and the concept of positive disintegration, introducing its ideas in simple language without simplifying the content of this complex theory. (See, for instance, our brief intro to the theory, and our explanation of the concept of “dynamisms.“)  Following the example of Dabrowski’s colleague Michael Piechowski, we also look at case studies of intense, overexcitable people to see what we can learn from their examples, whether positive or negative.  For example, take a look at our two-part feature on the life of Robert F. Kennedy to see what the lens of overexcitability and positive disintegration might say about his approach to the challenges he faced.

We also have lots of articles that don’t expressly discuss the theory of positive disintegration, even though they’re ripe with intensity, dynamisms, and inner psychic transformation, showing rather than telling what it means to reintegrate at a higher level—and helping those who are going through the process feel a little less lonely and a little more hope.  To this end, it’s okay if you don’t know anything about the theory of positive disintegration.  Take a look at the articles we’ve linked here and see what they move you to write; the odds are good that we’d be interested in whatever emerges.  Our forthcoming mascot will be a phoenix, so take that as your cue.  We want stories of rising from the ashes, whether the fires were internal or external.  Other perspectives on psychology, human growth, and character development that are not linked at all to TPD but might interest an audience of creative, intense people are also of interest, as is fiction that illustrates these themes.  (By the way, we have a fiction contest going on through January 2020!)

We’re always looking for new voices to feature, so if this piques your interest, check out our guide to writing for us.  Topics that might interest us include (but are not limited to) things like the creative experience, biographies of role models or other human catalysts, stories of the rocky road to living your dream or effecting meaningful change (whether in your own life or in society at large), explorations of positive maladjustment in the workplace, in social activism, or to society at large, and so on and so forth.  We generally have a loose theme for each issue, so check out our upcoming ones for topics and deadlines.

If you like our mission but aren’t a writer, we’d be grateful if you could share our page and/or our articles on social media.  We need that kind of support if our magazine is going to grow!

We also count on the generosity of our readers to pay our writers.  We have accounts at both Patreon (Monthly) and PayPal (One-Time or Monthly), and are deeply grateful for the support of our donors.  If you like what we’re doing here, please consider joining our wonderful donors in making this magazine possible.  Thank you!

Thank you for being here, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email our founder and editor in chief, Jessie Mannisto.