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Roberto Assagioli,
Roberto Assagioli

Psychosynthesis is a holistic approach to human development that was developed by the gifted Italian psychiatrist Wikipedia link Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) from around 1910.  It is non-dogmatic approach to growth and healing and expression of individual potential that includes spiritual as well as personal development.  As such, it presents (like Jungian psychology) an integration of the personal (psychological) and transpersonal (mystical, spiritual) elements.

The purpose of Psychosynthesis is to further the ongoing process of evolution, and so to achieve a synthesis, a coming together, of the various parts of an individual's personality into a more cohesive self. That person can then function in a way that is more life-affirming and authentic. Along with this is the affirmation of the spiritual dimension of the person, the "higher" or "transpersonal" self, in addition to the personal and prepersonal ("lower" self). The Higher Self is seen as a source of wisdom, inspiration, meaning, and unconditional love.  The integration, synthesis, or unification of the personality, happens around this higher self.  This occurs in two stages: personal, and transpersonal.

Psychosynthesis is as a tool for psychological healing and personal widely applicable and used in such diverse fields as counselling, religion, education, health care, business and management, diplomacy and international relations.

Like many other psychological and esoteric systems of thought, Psychosynthesis uses a number of maps or diagrams of consciousness in order to illustrate  the various components of the self. Two diagrams used in Psychosynthesis are the Egg Diagram and the Star Diagram.

Egg Diagram
Star Diagram
Egg Diagram 1. The Lower Unconscious
2. The Middle Unconscious
3. The Higher Unconscious or Superconscious
4. The Field of Consciousness
5. The Conscious Self or "I"
6. The Higher Self
7. The Collective Unconscious
Star Diagram 1. Sensation
2. Emotion-Feeling
3. Impulse Desire
4. Imagination
5. Thought
6. Intuition
7. Will
8. Central point: The I, or personal self
diagrams from external link Psychosynthesis Home Page

Books by Roberto Assagioli

Psychosynthesis - link to Amazon Com
The Act of Will - link to Amazon Com
The Act of Will

Web links Psychosynthesis Links Web links

Web Site Psychosynthesis Home Page - Istituto di Psicosintesi - (mostly in Italian)

Web Site Psychosynthesis - includes What is Psychosynthesis?, Resources, Organizations, Publications, Essays & Articles, Centers & Practitioners, Projects & Activities, Events, and links

Web Site Kentaur Træning Danish site by Kenneth Sørensen - contains a large amount of material on Psychosynthesis. The Comprehensive English section includes all Assagioli's English articles (36) and interviews. Some of them are very rare and informative and have never been published online before.

Web Site Psychosynthesis Home Page

Web Site The Synthesis Center, psychosynthesis

Web Site Psychosynthesis and Kabbalah - the Will Parfitt Website - Personal and spiritual development with the Kabbalah and its application through Psychosynthesis. Plus distance education, group courses, books, and articles to download.

web page What is Psychosynthesis? includes the two diagrams

web page The Intuitive Self - The Psychosynthesis Model - describes the different aspects and suggests dynamic interactions

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