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The Theory of Positive Disintegration

William Tillier

Posted Mar 23, 2020

When I studied psychology in university, one of my favorite courses explored theories of personality. At the end of the course, the professor said he was going to introduce one last theory that was unknown and quite complicated. It was important, he said, because it was a forerunner to the approach of positive psychology. He […]

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Boredom & Meaning

Geoff Thompson

Posted Mar 23, 2020

The study of boredom is becoming quite fascinating. The American Psychological Association’s Dictionary of Psychology defines boredom as ‘‘a state of weariness or ennui resulting from a lack of engagement with stimuli in the environment” (VandenBos, 2007). Sufficient research has been published to indicate that boredom is a specific state of mind and not merely […]

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Psychedelics as an Aid to Addiction Recovery

Geoff Thompson

Posted Mar 23, 2020

In the early 1950s, Bill Wilson, creator of Alcoholics Anonymous, discovered that under the influence of LSD he had a spiritual experience. What attracted him to continue using the drug was that it catalyzed the same experience he had had detoxifying at Towns Hospital in December 1934—his famous “white light” spiritual experience. Although drinking two […]

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New Member Introduction: Ken Corr

Ken Corr

Posted Mar 23, 2020

I am the Congregational Care Minister at the Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN, a suburb of Nashville. I am a National Board Certified Counselor with a strong interest in Positive Psychology. I attended the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology at Montreal in 2017. My interests are varied: I worked as an in-patient therapist […]

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Farewell, Evelyn Tam; Welcome, Timothy Yu

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Jan 8, 2020

It is most fitting to say something about the transition of INPM staff in this first issue of the Positive Living Newsletter for 2020. It is also an opportunity for INPM members to get a glimpse of some important background work done by our staff members. Caption: Evelyn Tam. Evelyn came to us at a […]

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The Value of Suffering

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jan 3, 2020

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“So if you want to know the truth about the universe, about the meaning of life, and about your own identity, the best place to start is by observing suffering and exploring what it is.” Yuval Noha Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Today, we often see suffering as unnecessary or unfair. Pharmaceutical advertisements […]

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MISCELLANY

10 Thoughts on the Suffering and Meaning In suffering we find our truest selves. Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist When a person screams in pain, the actual pain is only half the noise they make. The other half is the terror at being forced to accept that they exist. Noah Cicero, The Condemned As long as […]

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‘Hitting Bottom’, ‘Turning Points’, and Positive Change

Daniel Jordan

Posted Jan 3, 2020

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In the previous newsletter, fellow INPM board member and friend Mega Leung wrote an article about tragic optimism from the context of trauma. Viktor Frankl not only defined the term but exemplified it as a Nazi concentration camp survivor. As Paul Wong (2001) stated, “tragic optimism is predicated on the defiant human spirit, the belief […]

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Addiction Therapy and the Pursuit of Meaning

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jan 3, 2020

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At the facility where I work, we define addiction as a result of living a life that lacks personal meaning. The solution is, thus, obvious: Help clients begin the process of pursuing a meaningful life. But how to accomplish this? We’ve been working for more than a decade answering that question. One conclusion we’ve come […]

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New Member Introduction: Marianne Ingheim, Ph.D. student

Marianne Ingheim

Posted Jan 3, 2020

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been curious about meaning. What do things mean? What does Life mean? How do we make meaning of tragedy? I am an emerging scholar, a Ph.D. student in the Transformative Inquiry Department at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. My research is on what I’m […]

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