President's Column

Intuition: The Best Kept Secret for Survival and Success

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Jun 1, 2006

Often intuition is the deciding factor between failure and success. Even though we don’t know precisely what intuition is, at the gut level we all know that it is there and that it can be summoned to our aid whenever we feel overwhelmed.

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Does Reverence Matter in Today’s Secular Society?

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Apr 1, 2006

We are in the grip of a crisis of international proportions. Is it terrorism? Is it ethnopolitical conflict? I suggest that the underlying problem may be the loss of reverence for life.
In a diverse multicultural society, respect for others is touted as the highest virtue while reverence for life is relegated to the dustbin of history. There is something incongruent and self-contradictory in these two social trends.

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The Positive Psychology of Persistence and Flexibility

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Feb 1, 2006

What are the most valuable life strategies essential for survival and resilience? What are the most common traits shared by successful athletes and CEOs? More importantly, what are the virtues most important in living the good life?

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How to Humanize Higher Education and Reduce Human Suffering

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Jan 1, 2006

Across the land, away from the spotlight, a different kind of suffering goes on unnoticed – in homes, workplaces, schools, and universities. I am talking about intentional cruelty against other human beings, such as physical and emotional abuse, bullying, oppression and exploitation.

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The Positive Psychology of Self-Sacrifice

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Dec 1, 2005

There is a tragic ring to the term self-sacrifice. It conjures up images of Christ crucified, soldiers killed on battle fields or suicide-bombers blown to pieces along with their innocent victims. How can self-sacrifice be positive? Is self-sacrifice the highest expression of virtue or the worst form of human folly? Who benefits from self-obliteration? How can one reconcile self-sacrifice with self-actualization? During my recent trip to Hong Kong and China, I began to gain some insight to these puzzling questions.

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Touchstones of Character Strengths

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Oct 1, 2005

Human achievements cannot be measured simply in terms of wealth, power or fame. Such accomplishments belong to a small group of elites who are blessed with special talents and good fortunes. Basking in the glory of success and wielding immense influence, they are idolized, envied or feared, but not trusted.

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Life Isn’t Fair: What can we do About it?

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Aug 1, 2005

Disturbing and grotesque images of children dying of starvation on the evening news seem surreal in our comfortable living rooms. These tiny children look more like skeletons wrapped in black skins. Too weak to move and too tired to protest, they let the black flies feed on their listless faces.

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Rediscover the Wonder and Awe in Everyday Living

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Jul 1, 2005

Life could change for the better, when it is lived on a higher plane. Visualize yourself at the bottom of a grimy pit. If you look down, all you can see is muddy ground. But the moment you lift up your eyes towards the sky, your world suddenly opens up and brightens with new possibilities. A perspective shift can dramatically transform your view of life.

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Practical Wisdoms for Flourishing in Difficult Situations

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Jun 1, 2005

We all have experienced complex and difficult situations, which baffle the mind and defy rational solutions. All the scientific knowledge and technology in the world are of little help in the face of an urgent but ill-defined problem. Even the well-established principles in psychology and ethics fail to show us the right path.

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