Critique of PP and PPI

Syllabus for Meaning-Centered Counseling and Therapy

This course (PSY3070) will be taught Spring 2017 at Saybrook University as part of their Clinical PhD Program. This course provides an introduction to logotherapy and meaning therapy (MT). With meaning as its central organizing construct, MT is an integrative, person-centered, positively-oriented therapy. It is a very flexible and comprehensive approach, because it can be tailor-made to meet individual needs and is capable of integrating diverse therapeutic modalities, such as CBT and existential-phenomenological therapy. Building on the philosophical foundation of logotherapy, this course will introduce the four major meaning-centered intervention strategies: PURE (Purpose, Understanding, Responsibility, and Enjoyment) ABCDE (Acceptance, Belief,

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Self-Transcendence: A Paradoxical Way to Become Your Best

Introduction I propose that the way to become your best self is, paradoxically, to become more selfless. I want to make the case that, in a world of cut-throat competition, the best strategy to survive and prosper for individuals and societies is to give our best in serving each other. In psychological terms, this way of life is called self- transcendence (ST). ST sounds paradoxical and counter-intuitive and may not make sense at first glance because in this individualistic consumer society, self-interest always seems front and centre in our consciousness. From parenting to education, we are ingrained with the idea

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The Future of Humanistic Psychology

Meaning-Centered Approach to Research and Therapy, Second Wave Positive Psychology, and the Future of Humanistic Psychology

Abstract This paper describes six research principles for revitalizing humanistic psychology and impacting mainstream psychology based on Gergen (2016) and DeRobertis (2016). It demonstrates how Wong’s meaning-centered research and therapy is an extension of humanistic-existential psychology and has impacted mainstream psychology indirectly by following six principles. Furthermore, it also shows how Wong’s (2011) second wave positive psychology is able to provide a new humanistic vision to impact mainstream psychology directly. Finally, it argues that humanistic psychology needs to take these six principles seriously by going beyond phenomenological research and replacing a “tribal” mentality with a pluralistic big-tent perspective since humanistic-existential

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Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life

The Meaning Hypothesis of Living a Good Life: Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning

Wong, P. T. P. (2015, December). The meaning hypothesis of living a good life: Virtue, happiness, and meaning. Paper presented at the research working group meeting for Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life Project, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. (Funded by the John Templeton Foundation) Abstract My long-term research interest has revolved around the central theme of the vital role of meaning in living the good life individually and collectively. The meaning hypothesis (MH) introduced here represents an overarching framework for my meaning-centered research and interventions. This paper covers five sections: (1) The empirical foundation for MH, (2) Research on the

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Meaning-Seeking, Self-Transcendence, and Well-Being

Published as Wong, P. T. P. (2016). Meaning-seeking, self-transcendence, and well-being. In A. Batthyany (Ed.), Logotherapy and existential analysis: Proceedings of the Viktor Frankl Institute (Vol. 1; pp. 311-322). Cham, CH: Springer. Abstract The purpose of this keynote address is to present the thesis that meaning-seeking and self-transcendence express our spiritual nature and are essential for our healing and well-being. I first introduce Viktor Frankl’s concept of the noetic dimension as our spiritual core, where we can find uniquely human qualities such as compassion, conscience, will to meaning, and self-transcendence. Will to meaning is both a primary human motivation and a human capacity to

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Taiwan Lecture Tour 2013

Here are the links to the presentations from Dr. Paul Wong’s Taiwan Lecture Tour. Feel free to download, but you need to contact Dr. Wong for permission to present or quote any part of these presentations. October 3-4 2-day workshop at Asia University, Taichung Topic: From Research Proposal to Journal Publication Workshop (syllabus) October 7 Lecture at the Department of Life and Death Studies, Nan Hua University, Chia-yi Topic: Introduction to Meaning Therapy October 8 Lecture at the Department of Education National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU), Kaohsiung Topic: Terror Management vs. Meaning Management Lecture at the Graduate Institute of Counseling Psychology

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AskimoTV Interviews

Dr. Wong was interviewed as an expert on several topics by AskimoTV. The links for each interview are below. Meaning Therapy Meaning Management Theory Dual System Model The Quest for Meaning Existential Psychotherapy and Marriage Death and Meaning Management Theory