Statement and Vision
The INPM is dedicated to advancing
health, spirituality, peace and human fulfillment through
research, education and applied psychology with a focus on
the universal human quest for meaning and purpose.
As a learned society, INPM believes that
high quality scientific research on the positive psychology
of meaning in major life domains can contribute significantly
to the well-being of individuals and communities. INPM also
affirms the potential of personal and societal transformation
through the impact of websites, publications, education and
meaning-centered counseling/consultation. All the projects
and activities of INPM need to be clearly related to the overarching
purpose and mission of the INPM.
INPM is an international, multidisciplinary,
learned society founded by Paul T. P. Wong in 1998 to expand
the legacy and vision of Dr. Viktor Frankl. It was incorporated
as a non-profit organization with the Federal Government of
Canada in 2001. INPM is non-partisan, non-religious and non-governmental,
governed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee.
INPM has attracted members with professional
qualifications from over 30 countries. Although the majority
of its members are psychologists and counsellors, other professions
represented include medicine, nursing, clergy, social work,
education, and management.
Objectives and Activities
In spite of the progress in science and
technology, the world remains a scary place. Terrorism, violence
and conflict continue to dominate our newspaper headlines.
Prosperity without purpose often leads to disillusionment,
addiction and depression. Rapid social changes and technological
innovations have increased stress and contributed to a sense
of alienation and dehumanization. September 11 awakened us
to the reality of vulnerability and the urgent need for meaning
Against this backdrop, the threefold mission
of INPM seems all the more relevant:
1. To advance scientific research of the
positive psychology of meaning through biennial International
Meaning Conferences, the International
Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy and
the International Journal of Existential
Psychology & Psychotherapy.
2. To advance the scholarship and practice
of meaning-oriented counselling, management and education
through Workshops, Seminars, Summer Institutes, Meaning Conferences,
and The Existential Institute.
3. To educate the public regarding the
broad applications of a meaning-based knowledge through our
website www.meaning.ca and Positive Living E-zine.
It is an international network, linking
people from various parts of the world.
It is a multi-and inter-disciplinary network,
linking people from different professions and academic disciplines.
It is a grass-roots movement, involving
people everywhere interested in promoting health, happiness
and peace through personal meaning and spirituality.
It is a positive revolution, supporting
people everywhere to work together for a more positive, nurturing
and spiritual future in an increasingly digital, technological
and materialistic world.
It is an open, dynamic, democratic, and
interactive network involving hundreds and (hopefully) thousands
of partners from all parts of the globe.
Several forces and trends are converging
in creating a crying need for meaning and spirituality.
- Prosperity without a purpose leads
to disillusion and emptiness.
- Progress without a spiritual direction
results in confusion and uncertainty.
- A winner-take-all economy contributes
to conflict and injustice.
- Violence, conflict, addiction, depression,
and suicide reflect an existential crisis.
- The paradox of prosperity without happiness
reflects an unfulfilled spiritual hunger.
- The intense competition of the new
economy results in an increasing gap between the haves and
The above climate has created an exciting
opportunity for a positive evolution that focuses on promoting
meaningful living and a more caring, co-operative society.
The world is ready for INPM.
Are we ready for the challenge?
- Exchange of ideas on meaningful living
through the Positive Living Forum.
- Promote positive adolescent development,
Meaningful Careers, Successful Aging, and Reflections on
- Networking with individuals and institutes
interested in meaning research and/or meaning-centered counseling
- Organising workshops, symposia and
- Publishing original papers, monographs
and conference proceedings.
- Publishing news items relevant to
the quest for meaning
in the INPM
If you are interested in becoming a member
of INPM, Please click here for
more information, and contact details.