Wednesday, October 18, 2017

About

Psychosynthesis arose out of the ferment and excitement generated by psychoanalysis. Roberto Assagioli, its founder, studied psychoanalysis when he was in medical school in Italy in the early 1900's. He corresponded with Freud, and was a lifelong friend of Carl Jung. By the time he wrote his doctoral thesis and received his doctoral degree, Assagioli had determined that full healing and development of one's potentials required going beyond analysis to what he called synthesis. In his formulation of psychosynthesis over the next several decades, Assagioli was also influenced by his study of the world's spiritual teachings. Psychosynthesis is, therefore, compatible with a truly spiritual approach to human life and with most major religions. Psychosynthesis has now developed as a field that extends around the world. Practitioners of psychosynthesis include psychotherapists, teachers, organizational consultants, physicians, clergypersons, body workrs, spiritual directors and coaches.

Psychosynthesis is a psycho-spiritual framework for understanding and working with persons who are in the process of growth and change. It is suitable for individual, group and organizational work.

Roberto Assagioli studied the then newly named field of psychoanalysis when he was in medical school in Italy in the early 1900's. He corresponded with Freud, and was a lifelong friend of Carl Jung. By the time he wrote his doctoral thesis and received his doctoral degree, Assagioli had determined that full healing and development of one's potentials required going beyond analysis to what he called synthesis. Thus, psychosynthesis was born. Since that time 100 years ago, psychosynthesis has developed as a field that extends around the world. Practitioners of psychosynthesis include psychotherapists, teachers, organizational consultants, physicians, clergypersons, body workers, spiritual directors, and coaches.

Psychosynthesis is positive. In fact, psychosynthesis deserves consideration as the first positive psychology. Assagioli emphasized that development of positive qualities and healthy behaviors will tend to replace negative qualities and unhealthy behaviors.

Psychosynthesis is integral - and was an integral psychology from the beginning. Assagioli and John Parks wrote monographs in the 1970's that identified the unity of body, mind and spirit, and pointed to ways of harmonizing these energies of the whole person. Roberto Assagioli regarded the whole human being, his or her relationships, and culture as important to address in the process of psychosynthesis.

Psychosynthesis is transpersonal - before Anthony Sutich coined the term and began the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Assagioli wrote and taught about transpersonal development. In his 1965 book, Psychosynthesis: A Collection of Readings, he clearly indicated that there is a dimension of soul, which he usually called Self, which transcends the individual, and exerts a "pull" on the life of the person. He went on to describe some of the tensions between the person sensing and resisting that pull and the transpersonal "Self" exerting it. He identified some of the types of experiences that occur when super-consciousness breaks through into the person's consciousness.

Psychosynthesis is spiritual - and includes an approach to becoming consciously whole that acknowledges Universal Reality, an energy or entity with universal will. In The Act of Will, first published in 1974, Assagioli wrote about levels of being, from the individual to the transpersonal to the universal. He claims that the realization of each level is increasingly joyous.

(The) realization of the Transpersonal Will, the expression of the Transpersonal Self, is so intensely joyous that it can be called blissful. Here we have the joy of the harmonious union between the personal and the Transpersonal Will; the joy of the harmony between one's Transpersonal Will and those of other; and, highest and foremost, the bliss of the identification with the Universal Will. The mystics of all times and places have realized and expressed the joy and bliss which are inherent in the union of the individual will with the Universal Will."

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