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Miscellany October 2020

A NEW CERTIFICATE COURSE on the New Science of Staying Positive in the Midst of COVID-19 Related Suffering and Death Learn from one of the originators of second wave positive psychology (PP 2 .0) about how to embrace the dark side of human existence. Dr. Paul T. P. Wong will offer a Certificate Course on […]

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COVID-19, Social Isolation, and the New Science of Adaptive Loneliness

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Oct 6, 2020

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We were born alone, we suffer alone, and we die alone. It becomes increasingly difficult to ignore this existential reality in the age of COVID-19, even for those with a sunny disposition. It is understandable why there is a heightened level of loneliness globally with mandatory lockdown and social isolation. If you are struggling with […]

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Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What We Can Learn from the Existential Loneliness Literature and Current Research

Daniel Jordan

Posted Oct 6, 2020

We  are now six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with no clear end in sight. An obvious question for researchers is how pandemic protective measures—eg, sheltering in place and physical distancing—have affected our mental well-being. The protracted nature of the pandemic has afforded researchers time to study its impact. Many study participants have reported feeling […]

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Loneliness & COVID–19: How do we handle it?

Ami Rokach

Posted Oct 6, 2020

Belonging The creative and pioneering cardiologist, Dean Ornish, declared almost a generation ago that “Our survival depends on the healing power of love, intimacy, and relationships.  Physically.  Emotionally.  Spiritually.  As individuals.  As communities.  As a culture.  Perhaps even as a species” (Ornish, 1998, p. 1).  Earlier researchers also focused on the role of social support […]

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Member: Pooja V. Anand, PhD

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, India. I’m a gold medallist in MA Psychology. I have been teaching Psychology for more than 14 years at the undergraduate level. I teach papers on Social Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, and Counselling Psychology. My main research interests include […]

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New Member: Janine Ruddy

Hello INPM community!  I am a Registered Psychotherapist and licensed teacher in the province of Ontario.  I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Dalhousie University in 2006, a Bachelor of Education degree at Université Sainte-Anne in 2008, and was initially trained as a high school teacher. My early education led me to follow a […]

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Dąbrowski’s Developmental Potential

William Tillier

Posted Oct 6, 2020

In the last issue of Positive Living in Difficult Times, I posed the question: Why don’t more people achieve advanced personality development? There are several theories that propose a hierarchical model of personality development and all concur: Achieving the highest levels is very rare. For example, the theories of Eric Erikson, Jane Loevinger, Abraham Maslow […]

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People were Lonely Before the Pandemic

Geoff Thompson

Posted Oct 6, 2020

Articles about loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic have become commonplace now—in fact, psychologists have paid more and more attention to loneliness in the 21st century. I’m not talking here about the loneliness of knowing that each of us is fundamentally separated from others. This universal loneliness is an existential anxiety and part of the human […]

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Miscellany July 2020

INPM Webinars The INPM is pleased to announce two free  webinars hosted by Dr. Paul T.P. Wong on growing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Webinar A explains: (a) Why we need to accept COVID-19 as an opportunity to develop existential courage to transcend suffering as a rock foundation to build a better life, and (b) Why […]

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