Existential Positive Psychology (PP2.0)

Announcing the Certificate Program for Existential Positive Psychology (PP2.0) and Meaning Therapy

Posted Jun 29, 2023

Breaking News! The long awaited certificate program for existential positive psychology and meaning therapy will soon be offered jointly by the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute. Dr. Paul Wong, a pioneer in the emerging field of existential positive psychology (aka positive psychology 2.0, or PP 2.0) states that, “Over […]

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Transcend the Pandemic: How to Redesign the Future of Work*

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Mar 17, 2021

*Based on my presentation at the symposium on the Future of Work at the annual Convention of Social of Consulting Psychology, Feb.4-7, 2021 Abstract The coronavirus has drastically changed the world of work and demands a redesign for organizations and individuals in order to meet the numerous new challenges, such as working remotely and a […]

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Two Different Models of Human Flourishing: Seligman’s PERMA Model Versus Wong’s Self-transcendence Model

Posted Mar 11, 2021

©Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D. Seligman’s (2011) PERMA model is limited by its failure to address existential suffering, which can undermine our best efforts to achieve flourishing. Wong’s model is developed from the framework of existential positive psychology (PP 2.0): Existential anxieties and negative emotions are an inescapable aspect of life. The pursuit and […]

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Vulnerability Awareness and The New Science of Transforming Suffering Into Resilience

Posted Mar 1, 2021

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

Posted Nov 23, 2020

*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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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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Integrating Addiction Research

Geoff Thompson

Posted Mar 27, 2019

If you were to survey the literature on addiction and its treatment—more than 60 journals and countless books—you’d find many ways of making sense of the problem.

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The Double Spell of Shame

Elisabeth Vanderheiden
Claude-Hélène Mayer

Posted Mar 27, 2019

Most people interpret shame as a negative thing: an extremely stressful experience, an instrument of individual or group oppression, or a humiliating experience of exclusion and exposure. Increasingly, however, understanding shame in different cultural contexts and, especially, from the perspective of positive psychology, has shown that shame can be a resource.

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