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Tag Archives: Memoir & Biography

  1. In Search of Exemplars: An Interview with Michael Piechowski, Part I

    We chat with Michael Piechowski about his work on the theory of positive disintegration and finding people whose lives show the theory in action.

  2. 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.

  3. To the Far Side of the Earth and Back: An Expat’s Disintegration, Part II

    After China sent Max into a spiral of positive disintegration, his return to the United States—and to crisis—ensured his moral transformation.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?”

  6. Journey to the East: An Expat’s Disintegration, Part I

    Max arrived in China as a listless if integrated young man. Then it gave him the chance to witness true moral courage, starting him on the path to positive disintegration.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. The Positive Disintegration of Robert F. Kennedy, Part II: The Courage to Reintegrate

    After his brother’s assassination, Robert Kennedy faced a disintegration. Though it was brutal, it was also a positive one, demonstrating the power of overexcitability when fueled by high-level courage. Bobby’s ill-fated campaign ultimately showed glimmers of level V, the highest level of personal development.