Psychosynthesis was founded by Roberto Assagioli (1888 – 1974). Being a colleague of both Freud and Jung, in an interview, Assagioli explained “In one of his letters Freud said, “I am interested only in the basement of the human being”. Psychosynthesis is interested in the whole building. We try to build an elevator which will allow a person access to every level of his personality. After all, a building with only a basement is very limited. We want to open up the terrace where you can sunbathe or look at the stars.”
Psychosynthesis incorporates and expands on traditional therapies such as psychoanalysis and psychodynamics. Inspired by spiritual traditions and philosophies from the east and west, it is an approach that is able to sink to the depths to heal deep trauma, whilst being equally capable of reaching our, too often ignored, higher capacities that inspire and guide. It is this breadth of spectrum that sets psychosynthesis apart and supports whole being health.
Psychosynthesis shows us who and what we truly are. As light falling upon a bud can cause it to unfurl, the work done in a psychosynthetic context is capable of bringing remarkable and transformative change.
Act of Will
At times, we can become disempowered, feeling like we are stuck in a rut. Will is the vital life energy that can create transformation, through turning thoughts into action.
We all possess will, but sometimes we are unaware of its availability, or how to access it. Without conscious awareness of will we can end up stuck, depressed, or repeating patterns of behaviour.
As a psychology of will, psychosynthesis offers tools to support the awakened awareness of will, and access to it, thereby freeing the energy needed to achieve personal goals.