Positive Living in Difficult Times

Why do we Suffer?

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Oct 7, 2021

This is perhaps the oldest and most urgent question. The proverbial Job raised the question. The wise man Solomon raised the same question. Countless philosophers and psychologists have wrestled with the mystery of suffering. After four decades of research, I still do not have a good answer, especially when it is up close and personal. […]

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A Festival to Celebrate the Human Spirit

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Jun 19, 2021

It is the worst of times; it is the best of times. But we cannot celebrate the best without overcoming and transcending the worst. This fundamental principle of flourishing is what we want to covey at our forthcoming Meaning Conference. By all accounts, it is the most consequential and most innovative Meaning Conference we have […]

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New Member: Ruth Cooper-Dickson, BA (Hons), MA, MSc

Posted Jun 15, 2021

A positive psychology practitioner and resilience, wellbeing and accredited trauma-informed coach, I work with individuals, global brands, and charities to help them thrive. Bringing with me many years of experience in Mental Wealth consultancy, accredited coaching and training, my work has taken me to diverse environments—from multinational corporates to refugee camps in the Greek Isles, and […]

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New Member Monique Harwood-Lynn

New Member: Monique Harwood-Lynn

Posted Jun 15, 2021

Hello, INPM!  I consider myself fortunate to live, work and play on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. I returned to Canada 5 years ago after nearly 30 years living in the southwest tip of England, raising a family and working for the National Health Service as an Occupational Therapist (OT), mostly in community mental […]

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Featured Member: Karen Holtmaat

Posted Jun 15, 2021

My name is Karen and I currently work as an assistant professor of psychosocial oncology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I am a member of the research group ‘living together with cancer’ in which we focus on quality of life and psychological well-being of cancer patients. We develop interventions aimed at improving self-management, […]

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Featured Member: Alex Pinto, PhD Student

Posted Jun 15, 2021

Hello, INPM community. I am a PhD student at Leeds University in the UK.  I embarked on my academic career in 2013 at the ripe old age of 44, when I started my BSc in Psychology, Counselling and Therapies. For my dissertation I explored Death Cafes to understand the social identity processes and the social […]

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Ground Breaking Perspective Provides a Simple yet Meaningful Solution to Suffering Brought About by the Pandemic

Pooja V. Anand

Posted Jun 15, 2021

The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has created immense suffering around the world. Psychologists worldwide are trying to understand the mental health implications of the pandemic and are coming up with various ways and means to combat this suffering. Surprisingly, most of these approaches look at suffering as something to be avoided as it is ‘negative’. However, […]

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The Power of Music During a Global Pandemic

Tim Yu

Posted Jun 15, 2021

It is difficult to overstate the impact of music during times of hardship. Examples such as Shostakovich’s magnificent Leningrad symphony, the blues from the Mississippi Delta, and the three days of peace at the 1969 Woodstock festival show how music allows us to continue our individual or collective struggle, unite us under a single goal […]

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Understanding Pandemic Anxiety Allows Us to Transcend It

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jun 15, 2021

Psychologists featured in blogs and newscasts have focused on helping people ease their immediate struggles with anxiety. These experts publicize breathing techniques, diet, physical exercise, and sleep hygiene. They recommend getting together with friends and extended family over the internet. From this perspective, there isn’t much point to recommend more than basic cognitive-behavioral coping skills […]

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MISCELLANY MARCH 2021

Posted Mar 20, 2021

Meaning Conference 2021 Register Now COVID-19 has killed more than 2.5 million people, devastated the world economy, and wreaked havoc on mental health globally. The challenges for psychologists are: How can we help people stay positive and become better and stronger? and How can we make the world a safer, kinder, and fairer place for […]

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