From Buds to Blossoms A Letter from the Editor for Issue Six

It’s almost cherry blossom season! In the meantime, our authors offer their own ideas on how to reach one’s own personal peak bloom.

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The Creative Intelligence Agency A Conversation with a CIA Creativity Instructor

The Central Intelligence Agency isn’t the sort of place that draws a lot of self-described “creative spirits.” But according to the 9/11 Commission, their presence is sorely needed. How can the CIA—and other highly convergent, formal bureaucracies—best make use of those employees who feel like square pegs in round holes?

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Transformative Life Experiences Through the Decision-Making Process

Emotion fuels our decisions; our decisions, in turn, mark the points in our lives that put us on the higher path. So argues Krystyna Laycraft as she reflects on her own inner psychic transformation while deciding to return to Poland after the fall of Communism.

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Sustainable Intensity and Self-Compassion: A Mindful Perspective

If we’re going to experience “positive disintegration,” does that mean we’re required to be miserable? Dr. Kelly Pryde, a neuropsychologist and coach, suggests mindfulness as a way to balance constructive suffering and damaging breakdown in intense people.

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Getting Acquainted with a Stranger

From her earliest days as an intense, gifted girl, Benita Jeanelle spent her life trying to be who she was expected to be, and to achieve what she was supposed to achieve—until it caused her very personality to fragment.

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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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