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  1. Can You Change? The Purpose of the Third Factor

    Neurodivergence is all the rage, especially in creative circles. But, contrary to some people’s expectations, that construct is well beyond the point of this site, if it’s even useful at all.

  2. Lessons From My “Are You My People?!” World Tour

    After an unmirrored youth and alienation in her early career led her to a positive disintegration, Hannah Klein set out to find a community with whom she actually clicked. Starting from scratch, she shares what she’s learned about finding healthy, positively adjusted friends.

  3. Third Factor: The Origin Story

    As we work to take this magazine and community to the next level, our strategist Alexis Obernauer wanted to reflect on where this project came from. So she sat down to chat with founder and editor in chief Jessie Mannisto. Here’s the result!

  4. Authentic Conscience: Unpacking Dabrowski’s Third Factor

    The theory of positive disintegration emphasizes authenticity. So what if someone’s authentically a jerk?

    The question nagged at the author early in her study of Dabrowski’s theory. With a reframing of the third factor, however, it became clear why no one’s personality ideal is to become a supervillain.

  5. Activating the Third Factor through Mind-Body Communion

    It’s great to have a powerful intellect—but not so great to neglect the rest of your self.

    Somatic awareness coach Ilana Grostern explains how she healed the artificial split between her mind and her body to tap into a previously neglected source of knowledge.

  6. What is Positive Maladjustment?

    There’s an easy answer and a much harder one.

    We’ll give you the quick and easy explanation of Dabrowski’s idea of positive maladjustment. Then we’ll talk about all that goes into truly learning to answer this question.

  7. Dysphoria and Disintegration in Women Who Are “Too Much”

    Katherine knew she was uncommon. When she turned to the Internet to find people like her, they told her that was because a personality like hers did not belong in a female body.

    Then she happened upon an alternative perspective—one that her fellow uncommon women should have been making clearer to her all along.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

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