Our Mission

Third Factor Magazine offers thought-provoking content that helps the creative, the quirky, and the 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. These are the so-called “gifted” people whom therapist Paula Prober has dubbed rainforest minds: those who are teeming with complexity, with abundance, and with mental activity.  They’re the creative people with the tendencies described in Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire’s Wired to Create, such as openness to experience, high sensitivity, intuition, and passion.  And they’re the people who read Susan Daniels and Michael Piechowski’s Living with Intensity and see themselves explained as they never have before.

We are a community of people who saw ourselves in those books and wanted to further the story: to tell the tales of the individual gifted, creative, and generally quirky people, the better for us to find others who mirror our experiences and help each other navigate the unusual paths of the creative, the gifted, and the intense.  We tell stories about such people’s communities and relationships, how they found (or built!) them, and their unique roles in them.  We look at what they want to do with their lives and how they manage to get there (or where they end up instead).  We explore giftedness across the lifespan, because the qualities landed you in a gifted program as a kid don’t evaporate when you graduate.  We explore examples of positive disintegration and reintegration, healthy maladjustment and nonconformity, and exemplars of personal growth.  And we discuss how to manage the intensity that propels us along our paths.

We break the above themes into three rough categories of content:

  • Advice from those who work with the gifted and creative on how to manage their natural intensity
  • Memoir or biography that shows how the subject harnessed gifts, channeled intensity, and/or overcome the challenges that follow from these traits
  • Fiction that explores these themes, with an emphasis on positive disintegration and dynamisms

Check out our fiction contest going on through January 2020!

If you’re interested in sharing any such stories, we’d love to hear from you with a proposal. Check out our guide to submitting work to Third Factor here.

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 for our magazine 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.

Please note that we also use Amazon affiliate links (such as the ones on this page) in the hopes of getting a few cents when anyone buys a book that we’ve referenced.

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