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Psychosynthesis: A Manual of Principles and Techniques

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This is the seminal work by Dr. Roberto Assagioli, M.D. on a psychological model he developed called psychosynthesis. He was a contemporary and colleague of both Freud and Jung and had studied the work of both schools associated with them. He saw psychosynthesis as an evolution of the psychological thinking of the time to include all of a person's body, mind & spirit ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 27th 1971)
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Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
A ground-breaking book from one of the great unsung heroes of last century. Assagioli is not that well known but he founded an accessible approach to human psychology and therapy that was spiritual without dogma. That in itself is a remarkable achievement.
He was (from those who met him) a remarkable communicator. He was not - in my view - a brilliant writer and his books do show evidence of having been put together from the notes he habitually made. In other words this is perhaps not the best
Livia Nestianu
A bit difficult to get through. This is because the book is more like a collection of discussions which could be easier to understand and digest in audio book format.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was finally catching hold of Roberto's reframing, decades after he had done the work, that I found a fashion to return to depth psychology. Being able to rethink how to present immediate struggles to my clients in words that fit to their moments proved helpful in fashions I'd not personally generated.
Amanda Patterson
A must read for any Huber astrologers. The Hubers used Psychosynthesis as the foundation for their philosophy that drives the Huber Institute.
It is a great book for anyone intrested in psychology, our DNA patterns of behaviour and our environmental behaviour
Wendy (bardsblond)
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me by someone who had also read Eckhart Tolle and commented that Assagioli had incorporated some of Tolle's theories of spirituality into a psychological text. Psychosynthesis reads like a textbook as opposed to a narrative and he drew quite a bit on Freud and Jung in jumping off with his theory. Assagioli is one of the first psychiatrists to discuss humans as having not only a personality but also a "soul" for lack of better description. His theories are related to ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A synthesis of Frued, Jung, Maslow and others. A great introduction to meditation and the place of meditation deep within the history of psychotherapy. Not all of it has aged well, but it definitely predicted the direction of psychotherapy.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This would have valuable I was working as a therapist or in the field. I only picked up the book to gain knowledge but found it was more suited to diagnose.
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Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Tegenhanger van Freud. Hij bevindt wat Freud uit elkaar haalt
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Really fascinating and revolutionary for its time until the stuff in the appendices about jazz music driving one insane and techniques for curing homosexuality.
Jimmy Navotni
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is an amazing book from the founder of Psychosynthesis himself. Theory and practice together. Highly recommended.
Jodie Gale
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The core of my work as a psychotherapist.
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Roberto Assagioli was an Italian psychiatrist and pioneer in the fields of humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Assagioli founded the psychological movement known as Psychosynthesis, which is still being developed today by therapists and psychologists, who practice the psychological methods and techniques he developed. His work, expounded in two books and many monographs published as ...more