Positive Psychology

Dr. Paul Wong
 
The Positive Education of Character Building: CasMac

The Positive Education of Character Building: CasMac

“What are the one or two things you want most for your children and for yourself?” “Happiness and success!” That’s what all people want. Unfortunately, most people do not know how to achieve these objectives, and some even ruin their lives by using unethical means to...

Learned Helplessness or Learned Resourcefulness?

Learned Helplessness or Learned Resourcefulness?

Learned helplessness or learned resourcefulness? It primarily depends on one's upbringing or prior training. When Marty Seligman and Steve Maier were doing research on learned helplessness, Abram Amsel and I did a number of important studies on generalized persistence...

The Positive Psychology of Humility

The Positive Psychology of Humility

The benefit and significance of humility as a virtue has been emphasized in positive psychology for a long time (Wright et al., 2016; Wong, 2003). Humility is a virtue worth having for everyone. Yet, positive psychologists are known to score low in humility. This...

Let Your Vulnerability be Your Strength

Let Your Vulnerability be Your Strength

President's Column for the Positive Living Newsletter (March 2019). Read the rest of the newsletter here.Are you worried about being vulnerable? “Vulnerability” is derived from the Latin word vulnerare (to be wounded); it describes the potential to be injured...

Two-Factor Theory of Search for Meaning

Two-Factor Theory of Search for Meaning

When life goes on smoothly and everything is simple, there seems to be no need to wrestle with existential concerns. Most people are happy to live their simple but shallow lives, revolving around “eat, drink, work, and be happy.” Unfortunately, even when living in one...

Four-Factor Theory of True Grit

Four-Factor Theory of True Grit

“True grit is an unbreakable rope made of many strands: courage, faith, passion, and persistence.” — Dr. Paul T. P. Wong The dictionary defines grit as courage and resolve or strength of character. According to Perlis (2013), courage is also the most important...

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