Similarities and Differences between Positive Psychology and Buddhism The ensuing several pages look at Buddhism and at positive psychology and the differences and similarities that exist between the two. The paper will begin by outlining the three periods of Buddhism and by making mention of the fact that they appear to stress a belief in not believing in anything; we move beyond irritable striving and become a person who seeks personal growth and maturation without fear of loss or rejection because what we seek are not material baubles but the actualization of the self. One may conclude that positive psychology, which stresses optimism and positive feelings, is very much in alignment with Buddhism; however, before we go too far, we must...The end:
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