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.