Our Mission

Third Factor Magazine aims to offer thought-provoking content that helps aspiring creators and catalysts understand themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and their paths to growth.  We strive to inspire and empower these intense souls to make positive contributions to their communities—and to our shared 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 view today’s zeitgeist.  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 intense experience and 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, dynamism, 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.

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 internal or external), explorations of positive maladjustment in the workplace, in social activism, or to our 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’re not writer, there are lots of other ways to get involved in the Third Factor community, which we lay out here.

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