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Thesis

Positive psychology and Buddhist psychology: A comparative analysis

10 December 2004

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between Buddhist psychology and the theory and practice of many of the various topics of study that have come to be organized under the name of positive psychology, and to show how methods for achieving mental health that are based in Buddhist psychology can be used to further the goals of positive psychology. To this end, this paper will begin with an overview of the field of positive psychology as a whole, including its rationale and mission and descriptions of several of the major areas of study. This paper will then present the basic Buddhist concepts relevant to the study and practice of psychology, discuss concepts in Buddhist psychology that are compatible with positive psychology, and highlight some ways that Buddhist psychology and practice contribute to the development of positive psychology and related interventions.


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