Posts Tagged ‘Viktor Frankl’

My Video Interview With Dr. Paul Wong on Meaning and Purpose

June 12, 2012




Dr. Paul Wong


Dr. Paul Wong
is a Psychology professor, Clinical Psychologist, author, speaker and justice fighter. His greatest happiness is to bring happiness to those who are suffering. He is the founder of the International Network on Personal Meaning, the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute and the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy.



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TRANSCRIPTION OF MY THIRTEEN-MINUTE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH DR. PAUL WONG

Paul, I’d like to focus today on the International Meaning Conference on July 26-29 in Toronto. This is the seventh such conference, which is held every two years. It’s sponsored by INPM, the International Network on Personal Meaning. (Click here for the conference website.)

First of all, can you tell us when the INPM was founded, why it was founded, and what its mission is?
INPM was founded in 1998. The mission is to advance the vision and mission of Viktor Frankl, which is healing through meaning. Everybody has to have meaning and purpose in their lives, so I think that is a worthy cause. Now we added the word “flourishing,” so  the mission is healing and flourishing through meaning. We want to not only provide a cure for human problems but also offer hope for human flourishing.

Why is this upcoming conference worthy of people’s attention?
Because this is one of a kind. It is the only international conference focusing on meaning. The second unique thing about this conference is that (more…)

Viktor Frankl Defines Despair

February 27, 2012

VIKTOR FRANKL INTERVIEW (1 OF 3)



Dr. Viktor Frankl


In this three-part interview, Dr. Viktor Frankl explains many of the key concepts in his groundbreaking book, Man’s Search for Meaning.

In his book and in this video, Frankl explains that concentration camp prisoners whose minds were fixated on an all-consuming reason to live—reuniting with loved ones, completing unfinished work, alerting the world to atrocities—were most apt to survive.



I particularly like the way Frankl defines despair, which he said can be expressed via a mathematical formula:

D = S – W


What does it (more…)