The Psychology with a Soul

Defining Psychosynthesis, also called “a psychology with the Soul”, is not at all simple because it can be many things: a psychotherapeutic approach for the treatment of psychic and psychosomatic disorders, a method of self-training and psycho-spiritual realization, an educational approach, a vision of the human being and the world, a natural and spontaneous psychic process, an organic and versatile set of techniques (free drawing, dream analysis, role-playing, guided visualizations, meditation, body techniques, etc.) that kindly lead to self-knowledge and to the liberation of one’s own authenticity.

The term “psychosynthesis”, already used by Freud, Jung and others, is taken up and developed systematically by the psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974). Assagioli was one of the very first Italian scholars to take an interest in psychoanalysis, anticipating those evolutions that would lead to the birth of humanistic-existential psychology and transpersonal psychology.

In the first half of the twentieth century, he proposed a new image of the human being, broad and global, which included all aspects: from the most archaic and suffering manifestations to the infinite potential for health, fullness and development. For Psychosynthesis, the human being is not only his neurosis, his shadows, his primary needs, his wounds, his impulses; but he also is his talents, his potential, his inspirations, his creativity, his inner illuminations: all this at the same time. It is therefore addressed both to people who go through a period of psychological distress, and to people and groups interested in their own harmonization and personal and / or transpersonal growth.

  1. sensation
  2. emotion-feeling
  3. impulse-desire
  4. imagination
  5. thought
  6. intuition
  7. will
  8. “I” or personal self

Psychosynthesis is therefore above all a systemic, complex and integrated conception of the human being aimed at realization in all its dimensions: bodily, emotional, mental, relational and spiritual.

Its motto can be summarized as follows:

Know, Master, Transform yourself.

  1. Lower unconscious
  2. Middle unconscious
  3. Higher unconscious
  4. Field of consciousness
  5. Conscious I (or personal self)
  6. Transpersonal Self
  7. Collective unconscious
  8. Biopsychic membrane (individual boundaries)