Positive Living in Difficult Times

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

“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

Posted Jan 3, 2020

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

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 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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What is the Greatest Need Today?

Responsibility is the Key to Surviving and Thriving in Dangerous Times

Paul Wong

Posted Oct 4, 2019

In a democratic society, people are free to choose, but are not free from the consequences of their choices. A sense of responsibility towards the self, others, and a higher authority serves the important function of guiding people to make the right choices. Therefore, the survival and wellbeing of individuals and society depends on the responsible use of freedom.

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New Member Introduction: Piers Worth, Ph.D., Chartered Psychologist

Piers Worth

Posted Oct 4, 2019

Piers worked until his recent retirement as Associate Professor (the local title is “Reader”) in Psychology at Bucks New University. He wrote, validated, and co-led the university’s M.Sc. Applied Positive Psychology for seven years, which established an international reputation for student care. His continuing research and writing interests include Second Wave Positive Psychology and Existential […]

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New Member Introduction: Edward Chin-Ho Chang, Ph.D.

Edward Chin-Ho Chang

Posted Oct 4, 2019

I emigrated from South Korea when I was five and have much to thank my parents for in giving me the opportunity to create a good life in Hawaii and later in New York City. I graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a double major in psychology and philosophy. Thereafter, I completed my doctorate in […]

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