Paul Wong || Existential Positive Psychology

August 2, 2021

Today it’s a great honor to chat with Paul Wong on the podcast. Dr. Wong is Professor Emeritus of Trent University. He’s a fellow of APA and CPA and president of the International Network on Personal Meaning and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc. Editor of the International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology, he’s also edited two influential volumes on The Human Quest for Meaning. A prolific writer, he is one of the most cited existential and positive psychologists. The originator of Meaning Therapy and International Meaning Conferences, he has been invited to give keynotes and meaning therapy workshops worldwide. Dr. Wong is the recipient of the Carl Rogers Award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology.


  • Dr. Wong’s childhood and upbringing
  • Animal learning research: optimism vs. helplessness
  • Locus of control is not a dichotomy
  • The unheard cry of a successful Asian psychologist
  • Positive Psychology 2.0
  • Embracing the dark side to enhance well-being
  • Dual-systems model of what makes life worth living
  • Agency, spirituality, and community contribute meaning
  • How to find meaning in life


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