Third Factor‘s cadre of writers is small but growing. In addition to Jessie and Chris, we are delighted to have a small group of licensed therapists and educators lined up to write for us, including an expert on positive disintegration, an expert on giftedness, and a counselor who is new to the theory but has already lived the ideals.
But we still have lots more room to grow. So if you’re interested in what you see here and want to contribute to the conversation, we invite you to send us your pitches! Use the “Contact Us” page or email editor at third factor dot org. To be clear up front: we can’t afford to pay authors right now, though we hope to in the future if we can raise enough. Right now, we’re relying on people who are pumped enough about the theory and its potential to be willing to donate their labor. (The editor in chief is a freelance writer, so she understands what a huge ask this is.)
To write for us, you don’t need to have any specific credentials; we’re not a scholarly journal. So if you’re new to TPD but intrigued by it, please do reach out: many people represent the key themes and experiences discussed by the theory without ever knowing anything about Dabrowski’s work. Therefore, not all our articles need to expressly talk about the theory. If you are more of a scholarly type, we’d love for you to pitch us a piece about your work, done in a popular voice that’s suitable for sharing on social media. (We can help with that, too.) We’re interested in both fiction and memoir as well as the sort of social science and biographic articles we have so far. We’d also like to add some fun “fluffy” content that appeals to sensory and psychomotor overexcitabilities. Feel free to get creative there!
Pitches don’t need to be tied to one of our likely upcoming themes, but if we can get a few articles together on a topic, we’ll run that themed issue sooner rather than later. Here are some topics we’re looking at:
- Harnessing Overexcitability: As we’ve already argued, we think it’s better not to pathologize OE, but we also know that it can be a burden. How do you turn overexcitability from a curse into a blessing?
- Non/Conformity: Anything about conforming or refusing to do so. How did this help you grow (or prevent you from doing so)? What were the costs?
- Twice-Exceptionality and TPD: How do these two topics intersect? How should they?
- Spirituality and Reintegration: How do religion and spirituality help positive disintegration? How do they hinder it?
- Social Activism and Dabrowski’s Levels: How do our efforts to develop ourselves and our efforts to change the world interact?
Interested in writing something that’s not related to the above? Great! We’d love to hear about it. At the moment, we’re something like Narnia when Aslan had just created it, so try dropping your coins into the ground. Together, we may well be able to grow a golden tree.