This two-volume anthology will be a valuable resource for anyone pursuing the wonderful human journey of becoming fully themselves. Its wide collection of theory, techniques and exercises will prove particularly useful to practitioners across a range of disciplines (psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches, trainers, leaders, educators…).
Psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli directly influenced the three major revolutions marking the field of contemporary psychology: among the very first Italian scholars to embrace Psychoanalysis, he prefigured the developments of the Humanistic-Existential approach and was one of the founders of Transpersonal Psychology.
Assagioli’s Psychosynthesis proposes a new image of the human being, supporting full human development in all its dimensions: bodily, affective, mental, relational, social and spiritual. Wonderfully integrated and already organised into an original and coherent system, Assagioli’s work anticipated by decades many key themes now widely recognised and scientifically investigated:
dissociative phenomena and subpersonalities;
processes of identification, disidentification and self-identification;
the will as a capacity for self-regulation and the importance of purpose, values and committed action in creating a meaningful life;
a focus on mental health, wellbeing, self-actualisation, and on the many active and creative techniques that can be implemented to promote them;
the principle of synthesis underpinning a complex systemic vision, and fostering inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural dialogue, ecological sensitivity, and a praxis committed to the harmonious organisation of separate elements into a dynamic whole;
the study of the superconscious, peak experiences, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and the different paths of Self-realisation;
the transpersonal Self, processes of self-transcendence, meditative technologies and spirituality.
A cutting-edge approach whose potential and extraordinary breadth of vision we are only starting to fully appreciate. A timely psychological framework and practice, much needed to guide and inspire us in this age of uncertainty and profound change.
VOLUME II° CONTAINS ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS BY:
Kristina Brode, Germany
Molly Young Brown, USA
Martha Crampton, USA
David England, UK
Angie Fee, UK
Sonoe Hiramatsu, Japan
Mark Horowitz, USA
Aubyn Howard, UK
Isabelle Clotilde Küng, Switzerland
Jan Kuniholm, USA
Walter Polt, USA
Franco Salvini, France
Eva Sanner, Sweden
Jan Taal, Netherlands
Tom Yeomans, USA