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Psychosynthesis : A Psychology of the Spirit - John Firman


A Psychology of the Spirit

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9780791455340
Number Of Pages: 224

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Conceived by Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, psychosynthesis is one of the first Western psychologies that addresses both spiritual development and psychological healing and growth by recognizing and supporting the particular life journey of the person -- the individual's own unique path of Self-realization. Firman and Gila present a comprehensive account of psychosynthesis, providing a transpersonal integration of developmental, personality, and clinical theory. They reveal some of the relationships between psychosynthesis and contemporary developmental research, object relations theory, intersubjective psychology, trauma theory, the recovery movement, Jungian psychology, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, and common psychological diagnoses.

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"Psychosynthesis is a splendid exposition, extension, and application of the ideas of Roberto Assagioli. An essential text." - Michael Washburn, author of The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A Transpersonal Theory of Human Development, Second Edition

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Life and Work of Roberto Assagiolip. 9
Roberto Assagioli and His Influencesp. 11
In Conclusionp. 16
The Psychosynthesis Model of the Personp. 19
Assagioli's Diagram of the Personp. 20
The Middle Unconsciousp. 21
Primal Woundingp. 27
The Lower Unconsciousp. 29
The Higher Unconsciousp. 31
"I," Consciousness, and Willp. 34
Selfp. 38
The Stages of Psychosynthesisp. 45
Stage Zero: Survival of Woundingp. 47
Stage One: Exploration of the Personalityp. 53
Stage Two: The Emergence of "I"p. 56
Stage Three: Contact with Selfp. 58
Stage Four: Response to Selfp. 61
In Summationp. 64
Multiplicity within the Personalityp. 67
Subpersonalities are Normalp. 68
The Birth of a Subpersonalityp. 70
Subpersonalities in Survivalp. 73
Recognitionp. 77
Acceptancep. 81
Inclusionp. 85
Synthesisp. 89
The Nature of Personal Identityp. 93
A Disidentification Exercisep. 94
Empathic "I"p. 95
Spirit, Soma, and Psychep. 102
Transcendence-Immanencep. 103
A Psychosynthesis Developmental Theoryp. 111
Bigger Than Wep. 111
Opening the Inner Doorp. 112
Authentic Personalityp. 115
External and Internal Unifying Centersp. 118
Primal Woundingp. 121
Survival Personalityp. 125
Recognitionp. 130
Acceptancep. 134
Inclusionp. 139
Synthesisp. 142
In Conclusionp. 147
The Higher and Lower Unconsciousp. 149
Primal Wounding and Splittingp. 150
The Lower Unconscious and Higher Unconsciousp. 153
Positive and Negative Idealizationp. 156
Psychological Disturbancesp. 159
Psychology and Spiritualityp. 167
Self-Realizationp. 171
"I" and Selfp. 171
Personal Psychosynthesisp. 177
Transpersonal Psychosynthesisp. 179
Self-Realizationp. 183
In Conclusionp. 191
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780791455340
ISBN-10: 0791455343
Series: Suny Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 5th September 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.28  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.29