Psychosynthesis is an approach to psychology that expands the boundaries of the field by identifying that a deeper center of identity, which is the postulate of the Self. The integrative framework of psychosynthesis is based on Sigmund Freud 's theory of the unconscious and addresses psychological distress and intra-psychic and interpersonal conflicts. Psychosynthesis was developed by Italian psychiatrist, Roberto Assagioli , who was a student of Freud and Bleuler. Assagioli asserted that "the direct experience of the self, of pure self-awareness Psychosynthesis departed from the empirical foundations of psychology in that it studied a person as a personality and a soul  but Assagioli continued to insist that it was scientific.
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Roberto Assagioli, M. He was a contemporary and colleague of both Freud and Jung and had studied the work of both schools associated with them.
This book contains many of his early writings describing psychosynthesis and its application to psychotherapy and self improvement. It is an essential work for understanding the principles, techniques and application of psychosynthesis both as applied in various clinical settings as well as for the personal growth of the reader.
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A ground-breaking book from one of the great unsung heroes of last century. Assagioli is not that well known but he founded an accessible approach to human psychology and therapy that was spiritual without dogma.
That in itself is a remarkable achievement. He was from those who met him a remarkable communicator. He was not - in my view - a brilliant writer and his books do show evidence of having been put together from the notes he habitually made.
In other words this is perhaps not the best 'h A ground-breaking book from one of the great unsung heroes of last century. In other words this is perhaps not the best 'how to do it' book on Psychosynthesis others like Piero Ferrucci have achieved that. Yet this book is full of wonderful ideas for all those who are interested in human potential and psychology.
It is well worth the effort required to work through it. A bit difficult to get through. This is because the book is more like a collection of discussions which could be easier to understand and digest in audio book format. It was finally catching hold of Roberto's reframing, decades after he had done the work, that I found a fashion to return to depth psychology.
Being able to rethink how to present immediate struggles to my clients in words that fit to their moments proved helpful in fashions I'd not personally generated. A must read for any Huber astrologers. The Hubers used Psychosynthesis as the foundation for their philosophy that drives the Huber Institute. It is a great book for anyone intrested in psychology, our DNA patterns of behaviour and our environmental behaviour.
Oct 24, Wendy bardsblond rated it it was ok. This book was recommended to me by someone who had also read Eckhart Tolle and commented that Assagioli had incorporated some of Tolle's theories of spirituality into a psychological text. Psychosynthesis reads like a textbook as opposed to a narrative and he drew quite a bit on Freud and Jung in jumping off with his theory. Assagioli is one of the first psychiatrists to discuss humans as having not only a personality but also a "soul" for lack of better description.
His theories are related to This book was recommended to me by someone who had also read Eckhart Tolle and commented that Assagioli had incorporated some of Tolle's theories of spirituality into a psychological text. His theories are related to existential psychology, but he take a vastly more optimistic approach than existential psychologists who are quite grim. Assagioli argues that humans can have a direct experience with the self and can also integrate into humanity as a whole, which seems a bit Jungian to me.
Also, Assagioli's theory of individuals being part of "one humanity" echoes strongly of Buddhist teachings, which is probably why he was recommended to me as someone whose work echoed Tolle's.
This book was a bit dry because it reads as a textbook but I'm nonetheless glad to have read it. A synthesis of Frued, Jung, Maslow and others.
A great introduction to meditation and the place of meditation deep within the history of psychotherapy. Not all of it has aged well, but it definitely predicted the direction of psychotherapy.
Jan 26, Eric rated it liked it. This would have valuable I was working as a therapist or in the field. I only picked up the book to gain knowledge but found it was more suited to diagnose. Oct 01, Jan Frans rated it it was amazing Shelves: beschouwing.
Tegenhanger van Freud. Hij bevindt wat Freud uit elkaar haalt. Jan 30, Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: Really fascinating and revolutionary for its time until the stuff in the appendices about jazz music driving one insane and techniques for curing homosexuality.
Mar 30, Jimmy Navotni rated it it was amazing. It is an amazing book from the founder of Psychosynthesis himself. Theory and practice together. Highly recommended. Mar 25, Jodie Gale rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality , psychosynthesis. The core of my work as a psychotherapist. Anthony H rated it really liked it Jul 10, Paul Archer rated it it was amazing May 04, Matthew rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Anja rated it really liked it May 22, Christopher DeGraffenreid rated it really liked it Aug 05, Bobby Adhikari rated it liked it May 30, Georgeflorence rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Renate Bell rated it really liked it Oct 16, Robin Moos rated it it was amazing Aug 02, Michele Orsini rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Giulia rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Adrian N.
Bruno Nene rated it it was amazing Aug 02, Valeria Squillante rated it it was amazing Mar 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Roberto Assagioli. Roberto Assagioli. Roberto Assagioli was an Italian psychiatrist and pioneer in the fields of humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Assagioli founded the psychological movement known as Psychosynthesis, which is still being developed today by therapists and psychologists, who practice the psychological methods and techniques he developed.
His work, expounded in two books and many monographs published as pamphlets Roberto Assagioli was an Italian psychiatrist and pioneer in the fields of humanistic and transpersonal psychology.
His work, expounded in two books and many monographs published as pamphlets, emphasized the possibility of progressive integration, or synthesis, of the personality.
Assagioli did not like to discuss his personal life, as he preferred to be remembered for his scientific work.
Psychosynthesis: A Manual of Principles and Techniques