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This book is a response to the enormous threat to our mental health posed by COVID-19. The pandemic has exposed both the inadequacy of our present mental health system and the inherent limitations of human beings. The traditional way of facing disruptions with individual strengths is no longer adequate in overcoming this global disaster, which calls for a collective and transformative way of coping.
Copyright © 2020 Paul T. P. Wong, all rights reserved, published by INPM Press, Toronto, Ontario, 2020. Made for Resilience and Happiness: Effective Coping with COVID-19 According to Viktor E. Frankl and Paul T. P. Wong is assigned ISBN 978-1-7987695-2-3. No parts of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the copyright owner. Book Design by Tim Yu
It was a breath of fresh air reading Dr. Wong’s book on integrating CBT with meaning therapy in combating Covid-19. He explores concepts from a variety of theoretical backgrounds and skillfully puts them together in a coherent manner. This book offers practical strategies to improve resilience in coping with Covid-19. This work is also relevant to persons facing chronic physical and emotional health problems. I recommend this book to all those who are looking for a scientific approach to find meaning in their lives.
Dr. Farooq Naeem, MRCPsych, MSc Research Methods, PhD Professor, University of Toronto & Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, Canada Recipient of this year’s Psychotherapy Excellence Award from the University of Toronto
Dr. Wong, like Viktor Frankl, whose insights he updates and extends for our troubled times, is an “optimistic existentialist.” Thoroughly convinced of the human capacity for choice, transcendence and, yes, happiness even in the constraining circumstances of the Covid pandemic, he offers readers lucid, practical and compellingly illustrated counsel on how to dig deep into their core values, cultivate mindfulness, and find the courage to embrace a life of meaning, compassion, and inner peace. I will recommend this readable book as a roadmap for resilience in an apocalyptic age, both to struggling human beings and to the professionals who strive to walk alongside them on a path toward renewed purpose and hope.
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD Director, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition Editor, Techniques of Grief Therapy
In this labor of love and wisdom, one of the world’s most tenacious and intelligent teachers of meaning in life shares mountains of insight, perspective, tools, and inspiration. The pages are brimming with Dr. Wong’s spirit, urging each of us to face up to the mighty and difficult tasks that often rise before us – and to celebrate life nonetheless! Every factor that threatens our sense of meaning is running amok in the world today: uncertainty, inadequate or even malicious leadership, dramatic change, ecosystem collapse, mounting wealth inequalities, the specter of mass unemployment, record levels of mental illness, and of course a global pandemic that threatens to bend the arc of history in unforeseen ways. And yet, amidst all of this, Dr. Wong shows us through this book how suffering always has been and will necessarily be a partner to flourishing. There is no need to feel paralyzed and overwhelmed by the magnitude of our challenges because this book offers the guidance and perspective to help us rise to the call to meaning.
Michael F. Steger, PhD, Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose, Colorado State University, USA
Dr. Paul T. P. Wong is one of the world’s leaders on Viktor Frankl, and existential positive psychology. An author, speaker, and educator, he is Professor Emeritus at Trent University, Ontario. He is also founder and President of the International Network on Personal Meaning (www.meaning.ca), and editor-in-chief of International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology (https://www.meaning.ca/journal-resources/journal/).
He is uniquely qualified to author this unusual resource book because he has personally endured and overcome all kinds of suffering. He claims to be a constantly wounded warrior who still stands tall and strives to create a better world. His motto is: “My mission is to bring meaning and happiness to suffering people.” For those interested in his life story, please visit www.drpaulwong.com/autobiography
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