Subpersonalities – A Collection of Articles
By Roberto Assagioli, 2022, 110 pages. A free e-book from Kentaur Publishing.
This e-book contains ten articles about subpersonalities by the Italian Dr. Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis. Nine of them have never been published before in the English language. There is also a collection of quotes from his books and articles, so in this work, you will find many of Assagioli’s deep insights into the topic of subpersonalities.
Subpersonalities are one of the chief points of Psychosynthesis because they are part of the conflicting forces in us, which must be harmonised and synthesised before we can have a life in harmony with ourselves and our surroundings.
One of the core illusions that Assagioli urge us to overcome is that we are one person, one psychological whole, something we can easily believe if we only take into consideration that we live in a physical body. However, a little introspection will soon reveal that there are multitudes of different voices within our heads competing for our attention – something we discover when we experience ambivalences or conflicting feelings and thoughts.
Assagioli suggests that subpersonalities are the various self-images we often develop unconsciously from childhood and up through our life, some are false self-images based on external influences, and others are more realistic. The most prominent subpersonalities are based on our social roles in the family, as a child, brother, sister, father, mother, and the roles we have in relation to our work and social life.
The difficulty with subpersonalities is that they tend to control our lives because we identify with them, often in a very unconscious way, so we become a slave of their impulses and needs, instead of being the conscious “I” who can freely choose to play our roles, without being too caught up in their inner dynamics.
This e-book will give you insights into your subpersonalities and how to own them and transform them according to the philosophy and techniques of Psychosynthesis.