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Vulnerability Awareness and The New Science of Transforming Suffering Into Resilience

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych The courage to face our suffering is the first step towards turning away from toxic positivity and addiction towards healthy positivity. Awareness of our vulnerability is the first step towards positive transformation. These two counterintuitive ideas are the main inspirations for the new science of existential positive psychology (PP […]

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Member: Lorraine Taylor

When I first encountered INPM’s website (www.meaning.ca), I was enthralled by the expansive depth of material offered. I was captivated by the inclusion of Dr. Wong’s own deep spirituality and faith. Paul has been a mentor of sorts for me over the years. I was avidly attracted to his Meaning-Centered Therapy model that incorporates suffering […]

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Member: Jessie Dezutter

Jessie Dezutter is an Associate Research Professor at the KU Leuven (Belgium). She conducts research that sits at the boundaries of positive psychology, existential psychology, and gerontology. She directs the Meaning Research Late Life Lab (https://dezutterjessie.wixsite.com/meaninginlatelife) and co-directs, with her colleague Prof. Siebrecht Vanhooren, the KU Leuven Meaning & Existence Research Center (https://ppw.kuleuven.be/meaning-and-existence). Her current […]

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Obituary for Dr. Salvatore I. Maddi

Deborah Khoshaba-Maddi

Posted Jan 1, 2021

On Sunday, November 29th, 2020 Dr. Salvatore Ignacio (aka Richard) Maddi, loving husband of Deborah Khoshaba-Maddi and father of Karen and Christopher Maddi, passed away of cancer at the age of 87. Salvatore was born in Manhattan New York on January 27th, 1933 to Petro and Jennie Maddi. Salvatore’s father had immigrated from Sicily to […]

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Part 4 on Dąbrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration: Overexcitability

William Tillier

Posted Jan 1, 2021

I begin this fourth instalment on Kazimierz Dąbrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration with a summary. Dąbrowski proposed his theory to account for individuals he observed who suffered psychoneurotic crises involving existential anxiety and depression but then went on to show exemplary personality development. Using a positive definition of mental health, Dąbrowski saw that health was […]

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The New Normal (even after a vaccine is available)

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jan 1, 2021

The growing number of narratives of those suffering from depression, anxiety, and trauma as the pandemic trudges on have convinced many psychologists that the pandemic is, and will be, a long-term mental health challenge. Even when vaccines are available, the experts tell us, we will not be going back to how we lived pre-COVID-19. Throughout […]

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Recommended Readings for the Existential Positive Psychology (2.0) of Flourishing Through Suffering*

*This list is far from being exhaustive. Here, I only included those publications that have played an important role in my development of existential positive psychology and my own publications on this subject matter. I welcome suggestions of additional publications important for this emerging field. Antonovsky, A. (1987). Unraveling the mystery of health: How people […]

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