Writing: President's Report

Courage, Faith, Meaning, and Mature Happiness in Dangerous Times

President’s Report for the Positive Living Newsletter (May 2017). Read the rest of the newsletter here. “The wound is the place where light enters you.” — Rumi The current tense political climate at home and abroad has the same feeling as the dreadful days after 9/11, which injected a tragic sense of life into the American psyche. Perhaps we have never truly recovered from that national trauma, and today’s malaise indicates that “a sizable chunk of the country is in a sour mood. Our politics are unusually disheartening. There’s still a hole in the American heart” (Weber, 2016). In a similar...

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The Varieties of Self-Transcendence: The Good and the Bad

President’s Report for the Positive Living Newsletter (January 2017). Read the rest of the newsletter here. Recently, I have touted the benefits of self-transcendence (ST) in several publications (e.g., Wong, 2016a, b). Since all things exist in polarity (Wong, 2016c, d), naturally, ST also has its downside. This essay will explore the dark side of ST and suggest ways to prevent it. Examples of Negative Self-Transcendence An estimated 21,500 civilians have been killed in East Aleppo, more than 400,000 refugees have fled Aleppo, and over four million citizens have left Syria. Yet, Syrian President al-Assad, in an interview with the French media, asserted that...

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Acceptance, Transcendence, and Yin-Yang Dialectics: The Three Basic Tenets of Second Wave Positive Psychology

President’s Report for the Positive Living Newsletter (November 2016) Read the rest of the newsletter here. Since the INPM is home of second wave positive psychology (PP 2.0), this month I will continue to examine this topic so that our readers can have a better understanding of the three basic tenets of PP 2.0. The most fundamental tenet or the overarching conceptual framework for PP 2.0 is the Yin-Yang dialectics as illustrated in the above Carl Jung quote and a quote from Tao Te Ching (道德經), written by Lao-tzu (老子) and translated into English by Stephen Mitchell (1988): When...

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Mapping the Contour of Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP 2.0)

President’s Report for the Positive Living Newsletter (September 2016). Read the rest of the newsletter here. The 9th Biennial International Meaning Conference has come and gone, leaving behind many lasting memories and a rich reservoir of ideas for research and interventions. In this report, I want to highlight the main themes that map the contour of PP 2.0. Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP 2.0) Summit The PP 2.0 Summit was a historical first. Some of the most creative minds in positive psychology attended the summit to chart the course of the future of PP 2.0, including (left to right) Michael Steger,...

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PP2.0 Summit Explores the New Vistas of Second Wave Positive Psychology: How to Embrace the Dark Side to Make Life Better

President’s Report for the Positive Living Newsletter (July 2016). Read the rest of the newsletter here. The much anticipated first Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0) Summit is fast approaching; leaders in PP2.0 from around the world will be gathered in Toronto at the 9th Biennial International Meaning Conference between July 28-31 to explore the exciting new vistas of research and interventions in second wave positive psychology. A few months ago, I answered the basic question: What is Second Wave Positive Psychology and Why is it Necessary? This time, I want to answer the obvious next question: How do we embrace the...

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INPM President’s Report – May 2016

President’s Report for the Positive Living Newsletter (May 2016). Read the rest of the newsletter here. A Perfect Storm is Coming to the Meaning Conference I am most pleased to report that things are going very well with our conference planning. First, we have gathered a very large group of distinguished world-class keynotes speakers. Second, we have received a very large number of submissions from all over the world. Third, this year’s conference theme promises to be historical in its impact. From my special vantage point of persistent pain, I can now see with greater clarity that a perfect storm...

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INPM President’s Report – March 2016

New Developments in Second Wave Positive Psychology Since my last President’s report, many exciting things have happened, reflecting the growth and impact of INPM’s mission. The first is that, finally, INPM’s family of websites (www.meaning.ca, http://www.existentialpsychology.org, and www.inpm.org) will be consolidated into one newly developed website. I am most grateful to Sunshine Coast Health Center, our partner and sponsor, which will take on this huge task and cover all the costs. One of the sections of the new website will be devoted to Second Wave Positive Psychology. The new website will be released before the Meaning Conference. The second...

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INPM President’s Report – January 2016

My heart is full of gratitude and hope as we enter a new year. In many ways, 2015 has been a breakthrough year for INPM, and I trust that in 2016, we will build on the successes of last year and reach another milestone. In December, I had the privilege of taking part in the Research Work Group on Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life and presenting the Hypothesis of a Good Life to a group of distinguished philosophers, theologians, and psychologists. Dr. Frankl’s central thesis that virtue and happiness are the by-products of a life devoted to pursuing...

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INPM President’s Report – November 2015

INPM Starts a New Chapter The inception of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) was as audacious as the start-up of a new business venture, with nothing more than a dream and passion. In those early days, fearless of obstacles and failures, I forged ahead with all I had and got my hands dirty in many aspects of the fledging organization just to keep the dream alive. That was back in 1998. Now, after 18 years of struggle, I feel gratified that I have accomplished more than I expected. I am now very pleased to pass on the...

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