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Tag Archives: Positive Disintegration

  1. So What is the Third Factor, Anyway?

    You asked. We answered. What is this thing we named our magazine after, and what are the first and second factors? And why is this concept from Kazimierz Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration so much more important than his more well-known construct of overexcitability?

  2. The Depths of Dabrowski’s Levels: An Interview with Michael Piechowski, Part II

    Michael Piechowski shares why he’s updated the way he thinks about Dabrowski’s levels of development.

  3. 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.

  4. Positive Disintegration and the Pandemic

    We’re used to talking about theory of positive disintegration at an individual level, but what about at the level of a country? Laura Stavinoha looks at the pandemic as an instance of disintegration and explores what it will take to reintegrate an entire society at a higher level.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?”

  9. Third Factor Reads: Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman

    Abraham Maslow extended a hand to Scott Barry Kaufman as he strove to grow as a human being. In TRANSCEND, Kaufman now extends that hand to us.