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Psychosynthesis psychology

The human mind is the last great unexplored continent on the Earth.
Earl Nightingale

Psychosynthesis was distilled by its founder, Roberto Assagioli, from a study of many cultures and their understanding of the human psyche that he undertook over several decades.

Assagio originally trained as a psychoanalyst, but grew concerned that analysis was only able to assist clients in disarming the elements in their psyche that were causing pain and distress, and fell short on the task of assisting people with creating a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Roberto Assagioli, M.D., founder of Psychosynthesis psychology
Psychosynthesis gives the individual a greater harmony in life, with a greater sense of purpose and an ability to see challenges and problems in a more creative and meaningful way.
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 took the metaphor Freud had offered further, 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?
What star would you follow?

Psychosynthesis operates from a view of the human psyche as essentially wholesome and affirming.

Psychosynthesis concerns itself with:
  • transforming any elements in your psyche which have become distorted and whose energy is not available to contribute to your thriving

  • assisting you in tuning into your inspiration, your uniqueness and your Will

  • integrating the many strands in your psyche, to create powerful and harmonious synergy for action and for enjoyment

Map of the human psyche, based on Assagioli's Egg Diagram
Roberto Assagioli was the founder of Psychosynthesis psychology

Daily stresses of life cause the psyche in most people to 'fragment'. This means that some parts of you get, metaphorically speaking, parcelled off and 'frozen'. Think of an iceberg floating in the ocean - the water in the iceber is no longer part of the flow. The water, now turned into ice, operates by its own rules.

It is this fragmentation that makes you do things that you yourself are uneasy about or do not expect, causing outbursts or apparently illogical actions.

The familiar expression 'the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing' describes this common experience well. It is as if you're doing battle with yourself.

Once we reintegrate these parcelled-off parts of your psyche, you will have command of all your faculties, with the clarity and strength you need to succeed.

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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.
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
Low confidence
Uncertainty about career direction
Personal power running low
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 within us that had laid dormant before. 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 unit, one personality.

Modern psychology has demonstrated that we do not operate as a single entity. In other words, a single voice does not represent the dynamics of 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 psychoanalysis?
Synthesis is complementary to analysis.

Analysis takes something apart to looks at its constituent parts. This can be helpful for understanding and attending to 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.
Margarita Steinberg
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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 & practical psychology
  • languages
  • career guidance and Life Design
  • 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 & practical psychology
  • languages
  • career guidance and Life Design
  • holistic health and spiritual practice

Meet Margarita →
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