About Roberto Assagioli's Psychosynthesis
Roberto Assagioli, a contemporary of Freud and Jung, was an Italian
Psychiatrist and pioneer in the fields of humanistic and transpersonal psychology. He founded the psychological movement now known as Psychosynthesis, which is still being developed today by therapists and psychologists who practice his techniques. His work emphasised the possibility of progressive integration of the personality around it's own essential Self through the use of the will.
In Essence, there are certain things in life that we as human beings aspire to:
To be able to relate well with others
To be able to love and be loved.
To enjoy good health
To be able to make decisions consciously and freely
To use our minds to the maximum potential
To be competent at work
To remain calm even in moments of crisis
To appreciate beauty
To experience serenity and joy
In an absolutely ideal world all of these would be ours to experience on a normal ongoing basis. However we can usually achieve each of them only occasionally and some of them perhaps only briefly before we lose our way again and are seemingly out of sync.
We constantly seem to compartmentalise parts of our personality into what are known in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy as Sub-Personalities. These separate parts of ourselves, of which we usually have very many, can seem to work independently of each other and not always in the best, most coordinated way.
For instance, in very simplistic terms: maybe a man is domineering and forceful at work, but when at home he becomes a hen-pecked husband. Of course, it would be better if he could take charge of these to parts of his character and redress the balance by modifying the aggression at work and becoming more assertive at home.
In a psycotherapeutic setting Roberto Assagioli developed simple and effective tools to help people to move towards those ideal goals by helping them to understand the blocks and defences that prevent them from attaining them. Assagioli's techniques enable imbalances to be gradually brought to the surface for inspection, then a realisation and understanding can take place. The client may then become aware that there are better, more mature ways to handle these uncooperative or disharmonious parts of themselves and can start to take charge and begin to integrate them into a more united, harmonious whole.