Episode 7

Published on:

17th Jun 2021

7. Meaning Therapy with Dr. Paul Wong

The guest this week is Dr. Paul Wong, who is a Professor Emeritus of Trent University and President of the International Network on Personal Meaning. Paul has published across topics relating to meaning related therapies and we touch on his journey getting to the work of Viktor Frankl and logotherapy as a starting point. 

We spent some time talking about how dealing with depression is not an indicator that a person is ‘broken’ or ‘flawed’ and we got into how we can best repurpose that energy and experience to something positive in the end. We also got to talk about the PURE model that Dr. Wong created and talked about Meaning Therapy and how it differs from Existential and other meaning-oriented therapies more broadly. 

Here are some links to learn more about Paul and his work: 



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On Meaning
A journey on finding and refining meaning in life
On Meaning is a podcast meant to be an audio companion for your journey of finding and refining meaning in life. Join host Eugene Leventhal for conversations with psychologists, philosophers, and others with interesting perspectives on how to view meaning in life. While there won't be any simple answers here, the podcast is meant to explore the various topics relevant to more deeply exploring the question of meaning in life.

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Eugene Leventhal

Eugene is the host of On Meaning and is actively working to build a meaning-centered community. He is passionate about understanding the role that meaning plays in one's life in various contexts, ranging from personal well-being to the willingness to being an active participant in a community.

Aside from On Meaning, Eugene is the host of the History of Drugs in Society podcast and has launched Consequential and Heinz Radio at Carnegie Mellon University. He currently works full-time at CMU as a Project Manager within CyLab, the university's Security and Privacy Institute.