Psychosynthesis - a psychology with a soul
Psychosynthesis is not per se a form of therapy, but rather a basic thought model describing what it is to be a human being. The basic model and the theory was developed in the beginning of the twentieth century by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974). The psychosynthesis institute he created in Florence is still the main institute. More than fifty other psychosynthesis institutes have since then been established, in almost all continents of the world.
To live is both to meet what we need and to meet resistance. Both of these make us grow.
Sometimes what is resisting us can feel so heavy, that we end up in a personal crisis. If one takes this crisis seriously, one grows.
The text inside the brackets describe the risks there are for serious consequences in connection within the different crisis periods. These risks are larger, the less one takes the crisis seriously, or the less oneself or people around understand it. The risks can although be completely eliminated with good self-knowledge and/or with help of personal support, coaching or therapy.
Definition of the age periods (according to old Ayurvedic tradition):
In this description there is a focus on Psychosynthesis. This does not mean that Psycho-synthesis is better or more superior other support and therapy forms. Referring to the "Life Wheel" above, different therapy forms are differently well suited for the task, depending on where in life one is and which type of crisis one has come into. The following picture illustrates this:
(The picture comes from the book No Boundary by Ken Wilber.
At PsykosyntesForum we work on all these levels, with some of the therapy forms shown in the picture: counseling, personal support, Transactional Analysis, Reality Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Humanistic Psychology, and of course, Psychosynthesis. We also work with cognitive methods, NLP and Cognitive Script Therapy (CST). Other, not traditionally therapeutic, methods are also used, like meditation, affirmation, prayer.
An important concept in Psychosynthesis is Subpersonalities (SP). This term denotes the more or less sharply marked off, and more or less conscious, parts of our total personality. Our "basic personality" consists usually of five or six SP, that we normally quite easily can become aware of. Others can be completely inaccessible, but affect us subconsciously anyway. SP have in general different basic needs, different inner drives, can have different basic values and even different ways of perceiving the world. Inner conflicts can with this model of the psyche be regarded as conflicts between different SPs. The word psychosynthesis in itself is meant to describe one of the central inner development processes for SP work, that Psycho synthesis aims to promote, a process that consists of the steps Acceptance, Co-operation, Alignment, Integration and finally Synthesis.