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Saturday, November 10, 2012

#47 Interview with Mr. Robert "the Turtleman" Ekstrom

Our guest today on LogoTalk Radio is Mr. Robert Ekstrom, a long time participant in the World Congresses hosted by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.  Many will know him simply as "the Turtleman" because of his habit of brightening people’s days by giving them a small, carved, stone turtle.  I met Mr. Ekstrom about four years ago and, sure enough, he gave me a little green turtle.  I think I was lucky to get a green one.  It has sat on my desk since reminding me of the World Congress.

This is truly one of LogoTalk Radio's most charming and fun interviews.  Mr. Ekstrom's spirit of love for people shines through.  He is sure to touch your life in this interview.

Thanks to logotherapist Manfred Hillmann for sharing the video of Mr. Ekstrom that is mentioned in the interview:

The book mentioned in the interview is Search for Significance;  Finding Meaning in Times of Change, Challenge and Chaos by Geri Marr Burdman, Ph.D.  It is available here at

Links from the news and announcements this month:

The two semester course at the newly installed Department for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis of the Institute of Psychoanalysis in Moscow starts on November 22 with a four-day seminar held by A. Batthyany.

Logos & Existência: Revista da Associação Brasileira de Logoterapia e Análise Existencial

A Revista Brasileira de Logoterapia e Análise Existencial, com periodicidade semestral, é um periódico online, vinculado a Associação Brasileira de Logoterapia e Análise Existencial (ABLAE). Seu objetivo é divulgar artigos científicos originais (teóricos e empíricos) dos pesquisadores e estudiosos do sentido da vida, bem como difundir o pensamento de Viktor Frankl em suas possíveis aplicações em diversos contextos (filosófico, clínico, educacional, laboral, social etc.). Além dos artigos, a revista também publica resenhas de livros e entrevistas com personalidades de destaque na Logoterapia no Brasil e no mundo.

In San Severo, Italy on November 16, 2012:

Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland

School of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

SUICIDE AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING: Answers from Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy

Date: Saturday, 10am-12pm, November 17th, 2012.
Location: European Parliament Buildings, 43 Molesworth St., Dublin 2.
Enquiries and booking to Gráinne:

11 y 12 de enero 2013 - Lima, Perú


The 19th World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy
June 19-23, 2013
Pre-Congress Workshops June 17-19, 2013
Marriott Quorum Hotel
Dallas, Texas, USA

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to and may you have a meaningful day.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Talk Sense Radio Interview with Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Please join me on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM US Eastern Time and noon US Pacific Time as I serve as guest host on Talk Sense Radio - The Meaning Connection.  My guest will be Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, President of the International Network on Personal Meaning and founder of The Meaningful Living Project.

Among other things, we will be discussing Viktor Frankl's concept of Tragic Optimism especially in light of the devastation brought to the Easter Coast by Hurricane Sandy.

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych., is an internationally renowned author, counseling educator, and researcher in positive psychology.  His meaning-centered counseling and therapy has gained world-wide recognition as an effective and flexible approach to both short-term and long-term therapies.  He has more than 200 publications, and has given keynote addresses and workshops around the world.  He is the president of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM, and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute, Inc. (MCCI),  and is the editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (IJEPP).  The second edition of his edited volume The Human Quest for Meaning: Theory, Research and Application has just been published by Routledge.

Dr. Wong received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto.  He has held professorial positions at various universities, such as York University, University of Toronto and Trent University. As the Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at Trinity Western University, he has established an accredited and widely recognized graduate program.  More recently, he served as the Division Chair of Psychology and Business Administration at Tyndale University College.  He has been a visiting scientist to the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of British Columbia.  He has been invited to lecture in numerous universities in Asia and North America.

Dr. Wong's Links:

The Human Quest for Meaning:  Theories, Research, and Applications, Second Edition

International Network on Personal Meaning

International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy

The Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute, Inc.

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong on Facebook

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong on Twitter

The Meaningful Living Project on Facebook

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to and may you have a meaningful day.