Positive Living in Difficult Times

Miscellany July 2020

Posted Jul 6, 2020

INPM Webinars The INPM is pleased to announce two free  webinars hosted by Dr. Paul T.P. Wong on growing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Webinar A explains: (a) Why we need to accept COVID-19 as an opportunity to develop existential courage to transcend suffering as a rock foundation to build a better life, and (b) Why […]

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Member: T. James Weibelzahl

Posted Jun 27, 2020

Greetings INPM community!  I am a registered clinical counsellor practicing counselling and psychotherapy in the bucolic community of Langley, British Columbia, Canada.  I completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 1994, and I am near to completing a doctorate in Counselling and Clinical Psychology.  In my counselling therapy practice I work with a […]

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New Member: Siobhan Connolly-Hogan


Posted Jun 27, 2020

My name is Siobhan Connolly-Hogan. I am in the final stages of completing a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and am currently writing my dissertation. Having taught teenagers for 25 years in Ireland, I witnessed first-hand a rise in anxiety and a decrease in coping skills in adolescents. There was a dramatic rise in students […]

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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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Descriptive Review of The Courage to Suffer

Geoff Thompson

Posted Apr 17, 2020

Van Tongeren, D. R., & Showalter Van Tongeren, S. A. (2020). The courage to suffer: A new clinical framework for life’s greatest crises. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press. This book provides an “existential positive psychology framework” (p. 3) for mental health clinicians whose clients are struggling with issues that have no solution or hope of […]

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Turning Tragedy into Grace in Times of Uncertainty and Panic

Cenk Matalon

Posted Apr 15, 2020

Two weeks into the pandemic news, I was up in my head—hiding from personal and collective fear and overwhelmed with every logical argument that was available to me: “Those who died from the virus are the elderly and I am young and fairly healthy. There are still no verified cases of virus in the small […]

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Tips for Mental Health During the Pandemic

Geoff Thompson

Posted Apr 15, 2020

People around the world have been weighed down by the burden of stress arising from COVID-19. This is normal and to be expected, and many people seem to be struggling well—at least, for now. But some are not. The intensity and duration of the pandemic have inevitably taken a toll on mental health—and, as the […]

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President’s Column

Coping with the Mental Health Crisis of COVID-19: A Resilience Perspective

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Apr 15, 2020

We are now living through an unprecedented time. COVID-19, the worst pandemic in modern history, has fundamentally changed life as we know it. Everyone’s life is disrupted. The virus is more contagious and deadly than anyone had expected. There seems no end to how bad things can become. In times of mortal danger, existential anxiety […]

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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

“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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