Psychosynthesis was created by Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychiatrist who was a contemporary of Freud and Jung and who saw the value in both Eastern and Western traditions and philosophies.
Psychosynthesis is above all a psychology of hope in human nature and believes that all of us contain within ourselves a drive to evolve, to become the fullest expression of who we can be and intrinsic to our humanity is the capacity for healing and regeneration, growth and evolution. At its core Psychosynthesis holds each person as a spiritual Self, which means that we are truly personal and individual yet at the same time absolutely connected to all beings. In this context of the Self there is an inherent search for who we are and the desire to be the best we can be and to find meaning and purpose. Psychosynthesis believes that the Self exists from birth and it builds a personality through which it can express itself, therefore personality traumas and historical dilemmas are seen as consequences of the Self-seeking to emerge, therefore there is great value in exploring what for this pain, this suffering right now instead of fixing or trying to manage, explore the possibility of transformation and integration
“We are governed by everything with which our self is identified. We can govern and control everything from which we disidentify ourselves. The normal mistake we all make is to identify ourselves with some content of consciousness rather than with consciousness itself”. Roberto Assagioli
Behind our many identifications resides a deeper knowledge of Self that can be felt, nurtured and strengthened with compassionate attention, a process Assagioli referred to as ‘Disidentification’. It is the action of attending to this more integral sense of Self – that includes both the uniquely personal and the transpersonal.
“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation” Roberto Assagioli
Central to Psychosynthesis therapy is the belief that no matter what our issues, problems, behaviour and pathologies at core we are a valuable, worthwhile human being. Above all we are more than our pain, trauma, difficulties and issues. Psychosynthesis values our dark times as much as periods of joy as it believes that it is through our suffering that we reach inside ourselves, thus offering the opportunity for personal discovery, growth, meaning and transformation. Psychosynthesis addresses all parts of our being which enables us to work through self-destructive behaviours, patterns and conflicts that hinder our growth. Assagioli believed that while our childhood experience affects our present living, we also have within us the vast human potential for healing and change. He considered difficulties in life not simply as problems to be solved but more as signals or ‘signposts’ that, if followed, explored and worked through will lead us to living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Psychosynthesis is a psychology of Will, meaning, as we explore our lives, we become increasingly free to make choices rather than be prisoners to compulsive and reactive states therefore becoming more fully wo we truly are.
Psychosynthesis, a psychology of Self, Will and Hope offering a new perspective to understand and transform the dilemmas of our lives.
Psychosynthesis can work with a broad range of personal difficulties such as: Experiencing ongoing sadness or depression; Anxiety; Stress; Low self-esteem; Relationship difficulties; Bereavement, grief, loss and separation; Trauma and crisis; Search for meaning and direction in personal and work-related areas; Addiction; Feeling a lack of meaning in life; Struggling with life transitions.
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