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Steve Joordens

Re-order the Ordinary Perspective of Psychologist Tayyab Rashid The guest speaker Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health and wellness Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). He encourages positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, positive education, post- traumatic growth and multicultural counseling. He is trained in mental health professions and educators internationally as well as consults with several non-profit organizations. He has also worked with Asian tsunami survivors and flood relief workers in Pakistan. The talk he had given at the TED talk was based on how to find the meaning of life and exploring the different strengths. He focused on the various aspects of life and how human being have different types of strength, which gives purpose to life. He constantly questions: “What are you good at? What is your strength?” As a student diagnosed with severe depression, I begin to question myself the same inquiry left by Tayyab Rashid. During my therapy class with my personal psychologist I was also once asked this question. What is your strength? The examples given by the clients of Tayyab Rashid included, winning the final game of a basketball game victory, which allowed the team to surpass to the next playoff. This strength and happiness as the client began talking about the basketball game was a ‘flow.’ A ‘flow’ described by Tayyab Rashid was, something a person is so absorbed into pursuit that he or she overcome their obstacle. My interpretation is the activity in which one is too concentrated or too absorbed into the activity that he or she forgets about all worries. This happiness, this pursuit, and this meaning of life could be used to increase hope in life. Later on, Tayyab Rashid talks about what makes life worth living? His answer was the ‘capacity to love, optimism, curiosity, assess in mortality, and gratitude.’ Moreover, he included the quote, ‘Gratitude is a medication with no side effect.’ (Robin
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