What is Psychosynthesis?
Psychosynthesis is a system of psychological therapy which has its origins in Freud’s discoveries about the unconscious mind. These discoveries were later developed by other psychoanalysts such as Klein, Kohut and Winnicott. Then in 1911 the Italian psychoanalyst Roberto Assagioli (1888 – 1974) added to this growing body of knowledge by observing that there is a ‘superconscious’ as well as a lower unconscious. Among other things, the superconscious contains the unconscious potential for development, values and creativity. In this way, psychosynthesis psychotherapy adds another dimension to psychoanalysis and becomes a model of development as well as a system of psychological therapy.
What happens in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy?
In psychosynthesis, some time is spent gently exploring the lower unconscious and work takes place on the painful issues that have held us back. The more we become aware of our deepest, previously unknown feelings, the greater level of choice we have over how we act and feel. What is unconscious controls us, but what is conscious is amenable to will. In addition to this, the psychosynthesis psychotherapist attends to the superconscious which contains our deepest values, sense of purpose and the meaning we have made of our lives. We come to understand how the lower unconscious and the superconscious are linked. For example, a painful issue from childhood may be repressed in the lower unconscious which can in turn create problems later in life and prevent us from reaching our potential at work or in our relationships. In addressing the issues of the lower unconscious arising from the past, therapy seeks to free the dynamic energy of the superconscious to allow greater choice, will and creativity in all areas of work, life and relationships.