The Canary in the Coal Mine How to Use Your Sensitivity as a Compass

Back in the days of coal mining, miners would often bring a caged canary with them down into the mineshafts. The ever-present danger of suffocating from toxic coal fumes, invisible and odorless, meant that the demise or death of this sensitive little bird would alert the miners to the fact that the way forward was […]

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The Positive Disintegration of Maria Sklodowska Curie, Part II: Autonomous Growth

In this deep dive into the dynamisms of Dabrowski’s level IV in Marie Curie’s life, Krystyna Laycraft shows us just what the third factor is all about.

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Friendships of the Good

It’s hard for men to forge emotionally fulfilling friendships in our culture, argues Ian Simm, but a look back in time shows it doesn’t have to be this way.

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The Anti-Creative Funk of Isolation

Creativity has always had a solitary component, but the pandemic drove home to author Jessie Mannisto how much creation is fueled by human connection.

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Bottles of Intellect, Imagination, and Emotion Escaping Lockdown by Developing the Senses

Developing my ability to notice tastes and smells from far-off lands has been a way to briefly escape lockdown, in a way that’s not quite as unhealthy as it sounds.

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Looking Up A Letter from the Editor for Issue 12

Editor-in-Chief Jessie Mannisto introduces Issue 12: Upward, our May/June 2020 release.

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Transcending Labels An Interview with Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman knows a lot about the labels bright, quirky people often stick upon themselves. In this interview with Third Factor’s editor in chief, he suggests we might be missing something much more important.

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The Bumpy Journey to Better

Do you ever find yourself frustrated with other people’s lack of striving? Of caring? Selena Ng reflects on that feeling—and how she’s tried to transcend it through a delicate balance of acceptance and change.

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The Positive Disintegration of Maria Sklodowska Curie, Part I: Developmental Potential

You surely know all about the scientific accomplishments of Madame Curie. But did you know that her childhood was teeming with the intensity a fellow Polish scientist would dub “overexcitability?”

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