Connecting to Dabrowski’s Theory

Dear Readers, Happy New Year, and welcome to Issue Five of Third Factor! I’m very sorry for the delay, but I hope it will be worth the wait. Each of the four articles in this issue is about some other topic, but each shows how Kazimierz Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration can enrich our understanding of […]

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How to Thrive in Our Dopaminergic Society—and Maybe How to Rescue It An Interview with the Authors of The Molecule of More

Dopamine is about making the future better than the present. That makes contentment hard for dopaminergic people—which includes those people we call gifted and creative—to find contentment. Is there anything we can do about it? Jessie sat down with the authors of The Molecule of More to get their take.

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Order Out of Chaos Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Positive Disintegration

Krystyna C. Laycraft brings her training in physics and psychology together to show how chaos theory and the theory of positive disintegration are essentially talking about the same process.

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There and Half-Way Back Again How Openness Guided My Journey through Politics

How does openness to experience affect a person’s political stance? For Andrea, it’s caused her views to continuously evolve—as has her view on disagreement itself.

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Where Intensity and Gender Dysphoria Meet Some Exploratory Conversations

Why has gender dysphoria become so common among the gifted and intense? In this article, four detransitioned women and two transgender men share their experiences of overexcitability and the roles their intensities played in their individual experiences of gender non-conformity and dysphoria.

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Third Factor Goes Bimonthly

Greetings, readers!  If you’ve paid close attention to when we’ve been releasing new issues, you’re probably wondering where Issue Five is, since on our monthly schedule, it would have been published a few days ago. What’s happened is that we’ve made the decision to publish bimonthly issues instead of monthly.  It comes down to a […]

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Facing the Question of Non/Conformity A Letter from the Editor—and Eleanor Roosevelt—for Issue Four

Many pay lip service to nonconformity, but if you’re really unusual, you’ve probably struggled with the implications of deviating from the norm. How should we balance the costs and benefits of our divergence? In this issue’s introductory letter, Third Factor editor in chief Jessie Mannisto links our authors’ takes on this challenge to Eleanor Roosevelt’s writings on how to be an individual.

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The Divergent Thinker

What does it mean to be a divergent thinker? Dr. Deirdre Lovecky of the Gifted Resource Center of New England discusses what drives these individuals to march to the beats of their own drummers—and the challenges they face while doing so.

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The Confusing Life of Being Too Different

It’s fashionable to argue that it’s better to fight for something and die trying than to surrender and admit defeat. In this article, Roland Persson argues that while we believe this for a reason, it’s not because of objective knowledge of human behavior. So what’s an extremely gifted person to do? Persson offers some thoughts on the pursuit of happiness for those who are simply never going to fit in.

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Political Iridescence: Courage and Complexity in a Tribal World

We’ve divided the political world into a red team and a blue team. Where does a person belong when she sees not only shimmers of red in the blue and the blue in the red, but oranges, yellows, greens, and purples besides? One thing’s for sure: it will take courage for such a person to find—or keep—a political home.

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