Some Basic Principles Of Theory And Practice Psychosynthesis postulates the presence in man of a transpersonal essence, it maintains that man’s purpose in life is to “embody” and manifest this Self or essence as completely as possible in the world of daily life. By Roberto Assagioli, MD, This lecture by Dr. Assagioli was given at […]
Why You Are Not Your Body, According to Roberto Assagioli
Why did Assagioli maintain his “I am not my body…” affirmation in his disidentification exercise despite opposition to it? In this article, we will explore what underlying experiences and philosophy he bases his understanding on and how he responded to his critics. By Kenneth Sørensen, MA in Psychosynthesis and author of The Soul of Psychosynthesis […]
Subpersonalities, According to Roberto Assagioli
Roberto Assagioli was the first to coin the term subpersonalities, however, he was inspired by William James’s concept of various selves and sees subpersonalities primary as normal psychological formations based on our social roles and functions. By Kenneth Sørensen, 2022, the following text is my introduction to the free e-book Subpersonalities, which is a collection […]
Was Assagioli A Pacifist?
Sometimes we read that Assagioli was a pacifist, and it is easy to draw that conclusion for the untutored eye; however, if we take a closer look, there are definitely other perspectives on that matter. By Kenneth Sørensen It is a well-known fact for many students of Psychosynthesis that Assagioli was accused of being a […]
The Journey of Psychosynthesis
Will Parfitt describes what lies at the heart of the therapeutic approach that he has championed for over 40 years. By Will Parfitt. First published in Thresholds, B.A.C.P., Winter 2011 Psychosynthesis was developed early last century by Dr. Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychoanalyst. The primary aim of psychosynthesis is to help us to deepen our […]
Psychosynthesis Versus Psychoanalysis
“There is no opposition between Psychoanalysis and Psychosynthesis if we refer to Freudian Psychoanalysis understood as the technique of exploration of the unconscious and not to the set of psychoanalytic doctrines, that is to ‘Freudian theology’.” Roberto Assagioli (1) By Kenneth Sørensen We know that psychosynthesis grew out of psychoanalysis, beginning with the work of […]
WHAT IS SELF-REALISATION?
A Comparison of Assagioli’s and Firman & Gila’s definition of Self-realisation By Kenneth Sørensen, This article is chapter six from my unpublished book: Two Versions of Psychosynthesis: A Comparison of Assagioli and Firman and Gila; which will be published around Feb. 2021. Introduction to the online version of the chapter It is 25 years since […]
What is psychosynthesis?
How do we present psychosynthesis to those who are new to it? – a question that faces all psychosynthesis practitioners. To help, I’d like to offer a simple one-word acronym, which is my attempt to summarise in a nutshell all the complex processes of psychosynthesis. For me, psychosynthesis describes the natural processes of evolution that […]
The Seven Psychological Functions and The Seven Types
In this article I will describe how the seven psychological functions relate to each other and to the seven energies and types. It is perhaps the most important topic in psychosynthesis typology because it explains how the “underlying functions”, according to Assagioli, create the seven types. The Seven Types and the underlying functions By Kenneth […]
The Seven Core Concepts of Psychosynthesis
A lecture about the seven core concepts of psychosynthesis given at the International Congress of Psychosynthesis, Taormina, Sicily, June 2016. By Kenneth Sørensen You can also listen to the lecture here: Seven Core Concepts of Psychosynthesis By Kenneth Sørensen Hello, everybody. Let me start by addressing my gratitude to the team behind this big event. […]