Meaning Research

The Theory of Positive Disintegration

William Tillier

Posted Jun 27, 2020

In the last INPM newsletter, I introduced Kazimierz Dąbrowski and briefly reviewed the positive psychology approach he used in defining mental health. The healthy personality is traditionally defined by adjustment to one’s social and cultural norms (how well one fits in) and, in today’s world, being happy by being able to satisfy one’s basic needs […]

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Burnout Among Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jun 27, 2020

After months of the tedium, irritations, and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media and healthcare organizations are talking more about the pandemic’s mental health toll on healthcare workers. Burnout In addition to various stressor-related injuries, such as symptoms of acute stress, “burnout” is one of the most common complaints of healthcare workers. Freudenberger (1974) […]

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Life Within Closed Rooms: Dealing with the Quarantine During the COVID-19 Crisis

Debanjan Banjeree

Posted Apr 22, 2020

“But what does it mean, the plague? It’s not above life, that’s all!” Albert Camus, The Plague, 1947, p. 102 The world has witnessed several ‘plagues’ throughout history, and each time the effects have been global and devastating. From the infamous Bubonic Plague to the Spanish Flu, Asiatic Cholera to the more recent Severe Acute […]

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

Daniel Jordan

Posted Jan 3, 2020

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

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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Addiction and Shame

Geoff Thompson

Posted Oct 4, 2019

Addiction psychologists generally believe that shame is a bad thing for someone suffering from addiction. Philosophers disagree.

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The Opioid Crisis as a Problem of Meaning

Posted Jan 3, 2019

The opioid crisis and fentanyl, the opioid most responsible for drug overdoses, has once again brought addiction into focus. In British Columbia, where the crisis is at its worst in Canada, the overdose death rate from illicit drugs has been rising since 2008.

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