The INPM strives to promote the practice
of positive existenial psychology. Existential psychotherapy
is known for its dark themes, such as meaninglessness, alienation,
despair, and fear of death (Yalom, 1980). Therefore, the idea
of positive existential therapy sounds oxymoronic. However,
once we free ourselves from the tradition of Continental Existential
Philosophy and focus on the meaning-centered approach, we
begin to see existential therapy is a more positive light.
Meaning-based positive existential psychotherapy has many
characteristics, which include: Realizing people are meaning-seeking,
and meaning-making creatures, living in a world of personal
and cultural meanings; recognizing that people have the predisposition
to strive for personal significance, growth, and happiness
given the reality of the impermanence of life; balancing self-actualization
with the need for community and spiritual union; viewing existential
anxieties as the necessary preconditions for the development
of virtues such as altruism, courage, creativity, resilience,
love, and optimism; advocating an integrative approach towards
various schools of existential and meaning-oriented psychotherapies;
fostering the integration of scientific psychology and spirituality
in the practice of counseling and psychology; stressing the
discovery of meaning and purpose of both specific situations
and life as a whole. Through the writings of such influential
doctors as Carl Jung, Alfried Längle, Victor Frankl,
Alfred Adler, our own Paul Wong, as well as many INPM members,
we seek to expore the current practices of positive psychology,
and to help define the future of it.
To connect with other therapists who practice Positive Psychology,
please check our Meaning
To discuss your own thoughts on Positive Psychology, feel
free to visit our Forums, specifically
the Therapy section.
Below is a small listing of the various articles we have on
Positive Psychology. To see more, check out Archives.
Radical Positive Psychology
We at the International Network
on Personal Meaning believe that the world needs a positive
psychology which seeks to transform negatives to positives.
Radical positive psychology dares to embrace the unworthy,
challenge the tyrants, and bring heaven to hell.
What is the Ancient Chinese
Secret to Resilience and Happiness?
The Chinese people might have
been through the process of natural selection, bred to adapt
to all kinds of extreme adversities over the past six-thousand
years. The collective history of having endured and survived
numerous natural disasters, oppressive regimes, and foreign
occupations has endowed Chinese people with the character
strengths of endurance and patience.
Positive psychology of organizational
behavior and management:
Some preliminary references
Viktor Frankl: Prophet of Hope
and Herald of Positive Psychology
"The legacy of Viktor
Frankl was assessed in terms of his prophet voice of hope
and his contribution to positive psychology. Viktor Frankl’s
(1985) tragic optimism (TO) posits that one can remain optimistic
in spite of tragic experiences..."
Radical positive psychology
for radical times
radical fundamentalism, natural disasters, AIDS, ethno-geographical
wars, oppressive regimes, devastating poverty and the widening
gap between the haves and have-nots indicate that the state
of the world is not well. Radical positive psychology is needed
for the radical times of 21st century..."
What Makes Therapy Theraputic?
"What makes therapy therapeutic? Is it transference
and counter transference? Is it the therapeutic alliance?
Is it unconditional positive regard? Yes! All these are therapeutic.
However, we need to ask deeper philosophical questions about
the nature of this relationship...."
The Positive Psychology of
Persistence and Flexibility
From the February 2006 President's column
Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
What are the most valuable
life strategies essential for survival and resilience? What
are the most common traits shared by successful athletes and
CEOs? More importantly, what are the virtues most important
in living the good life?