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Psychosynthesis psychology

If you were a house
Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis psychology, was a young contemporary of Sigmund Freud. Some of their correspondence has become legend among those in the field.

Freud stated that, if a human being were a house, the cellar, what lurks beneath, would be of particular interest .

Assagioli developed the metaphor Freud had initiated, responding that he would be interested in the whole house, including the roof from which we could see the stars.

The psychology approach Assagioli developed aims to, symbolically speaking, build an elevator to give you easier access to every room in your inner house, including the rooftop, so you can see the stars.
What inspires you?
Which star would you follow?
Psychosynthesis psychology operates skillfully to illuminate and give access to the hidden depths and heights of the human psyche.

It provides guidance to help you discover your inspiration and act on it.
Psychosynthesis is a method of psychological development and self realization for those who refuse to remain the slave of their own inner phantasms or of external influences, who refuse to submit passively to the play of psychological forces which is going on within them, and who are determined to become the master of their own lives.
Roberto Assagioli, founder of Psychosynthesis psychology
What makes Psychosynthesis stand out?
Go for Thriving
Why Psychosynthesis
Spiritual outlook
Beyond 'lives of quiet desperation'
Freud famously stated that the best a psychoanalyst could hope to achieve for their patients was to get them to a state of a 'functional depressive'.

Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis, countered that psychology should and must aim to develop tools to help people much further, beyond 'just okay' and to a greater state of thriving and fulfilment.
How did Psychosynthesis get its name?
The title of Psychosynthesis psychology operates on two levels:

  • In terms of what it can do for you, the client: it can transform inner conflicts into harmony, get you feeling grounded in yourself and steady in the face of anything

  • In terms of the origins of this outlook on human psychology: Psychosynthesis is the result of bringing together the study of many cultures' understanding that its founder, Roberto Assagioli, undertook in his search for a deeper and more encompassing psychology.
At the very heart of you
Psychosynthesis explicitly posits the spiritual aspect as the source of people's vitality and inspiration.

Psychosynthesis psychology is not associated with any religion, or religious outlook. Rather, it acknowledges that, to be complete, people need to embrace "that layer of mind that is closest to your soul", to borrow a phrase from the Barefoot Doctor.
We suffer from a repression of the sublime.
Roberto Assagioli, founder of Psychosynthesis psychology
Real results that change my clients' lives
Psychosynthesis is particularly powerful in assisting with 'intractable', hard-to-pin-down issues, like:
Stress / burnout
Anxiety and ruminating
Feeling overwhelmed
Relationship difficulties
Uncertainty about career direction
Challenges around leadership in the workplace
Signature concepts
A few expressions to give you a flavour of the Psychosynthesis approach
'From emergency to emergence'
You are probably familiar with the expression 'In every crisis, there is an opportunity'.

I used to find this expression perplexing, as it did little to help me identify where that opportunity might lie.

It began to make better sense when I came across a similar phrase in Psychosynthesis: 'From emergency to emergence'.

This phrase points to crisis triggering us to unlock powers with us that had laid dormant. Our calling upon our abilities is the key that unleashes and activates them.

Psychosynthesis provides tools to access and activate your latent abilities.

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'Will before Consciousness'

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Sometimes the 'wind in our sails' is urging us on in a direction that we have not yet consciously chosen, and perhaps would even struggle to describe in words.

My story is a good illustration: after my first taste of Psychosynthesis psychology at an introductory week-end, I enrolled on the full PGC training in Coaching with Psychosynthesis, which started in a week's time.

I knew I needed to do this, although there was no time to figure a proper plan.

Sometimes you have to honour the urgings of your soul.
'You are a community, not a single person'
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You are probably used to think of yourself as a single person.

Modern psychology has demonstrated that a single voice is not an apt image for the inner life of a person.

Rather, you are a community of voices, each with their own concerns and preoccupations. It is as if each voice had a personality of their own. Psychosynthesis refers to these strands within your psyche as 'sub-personalities'.

As can happen in any community, the different perspectives within you can work together in harmony - or they can pull in discordant directions and cause stress and strain.

Psychosynthesis provides tools to untangle the knots, get the sub-personalities to play well together - so you can enjoy a sense of harmony within and a new potency in your actions in the world.
Psychosynthesis psychology integrates the learning of many cultures and civilizations into a coherent outlook on what matters to humans and how we function.
You might be wondering

Is Psychosynthesis similar to analysis?
Synthesis is complementary to analysis.

Analysis takes something apart to looks at its constituent parts. This can be helpful for understanding and upgrading each element separately.

Synthesis puts the elements together and gets them to integrate, harmonise, so that you can move forward in a whole-hearted way.

You've heard the expression 'the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing'. This is an apt description for how we sometimes function inside, as well. Think of any complicated decision you're trying to make: one bit of you is counselling going one way, and another bit of you would rather go a different way. However much you try to argue it out, reaching agreement is often far from obvious. This is where the powerful approach of Psychosynthesis can really help.
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Margarita Steinberg
Margarita is a qualified Psychosynthesis Leadership Coach, and brings to her work a kaleidoscope of skills and experience: in teaching & training, creativity, counselling, psychology, language, career guidance and Life Design, and holistic health and spiritual practice.

Meet Margarita
Margarita Steinberg
Margarita is a qualified Psychosynthesis Leadership Coach, and brings to her work a kaleidoscope of skills and experience: in teaching & training, creativity, counselling, psychology, language, career guidance and Life Design, and holistic health and spiritual practice.

Meet Margarita
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