James Vargiu Modern life has failed to meet the human need for meaning. The experience of meaninglessness, the lack of values and direction, has reached epidemic proportions. And yet our underlying need persists, the urgent questions remain: Our first concern as developing individuals is the search for meaning in our personal existence.
Growth Resources in Psychosynthesis Psychosynthesis was developed by psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, who was born in Venice, Italy, in He had his medical and psychiatric training at the University of James vargiu psychosynthesis workbook, where he also studied philosophy and psychology.
Assagioli was part of the original psychoanalytic group in Italy, but around he began to move beyond Freud, developing his own approach.
He continued to change and develop psychosynthesis until his death in Florence in Until relatively recently, his work was not widely known outside of Italy. But in the last decade his books have been translated into many languages, and psychosynthesis institutes have developed in various parts of the world.
In this country his ideas are influencing a growing number of therapists as well as persons in the human potentials movement. Psychosynthesis is a whole-person approach to healing and growth.
It is one of the most productive sources of both concepts and methods for growth-oriented counselors and therapists.
Psychosynthesis is explicitly growth-centered.
With prophetic insight, Assagioli declares: This is indispensable for maintaining the sanity and indeed the very survival of humanity. Many of its methods are useful in facilitating spiritual growth.
The impact of psychosynthesis on pastoral counseling theory and practice has been relatively slight, even though it is potentially invaluable as a resource for any spiritually oriented counselor.
The full incorporation of this approach is one of the challenges for the future of pastoral counseling.
Until the last few years, I did not sense the significance of psychosynthesis and therefore did not take time to explore this therapy in depth.
When I did, I was excited by its riches and struck by the many parallels with the approach that I was by then calling Growth Counseling. Psychosynthesis' Insights About Growth In discussing the affinities of his views with those of Carl Jung, Assagioli states his wholeness orientation: In the practice of therapy we both agree in rejecting "pathologism," the concentration upon morbid manifestations and symptoms of a supposedly psychological "disease.
Nature is always trying to re-establish harmony, and with the psyche the principle of synthesis is dominant. The task of therapy is to aid the individual in transforming the personality, and integrating apparent contradictions.
But he also declared: The pathological approach has, besides its assets, also a serious liability, and that is an exaggerated emphasis on the morbid manifestations and on the lower aspects of human nature and the consequent unwarranted generalized applications of the many findings of psychopathology to the psychology of normal human beings.
This has produced a rather dreary and pessimistic picture of human nature and the tendency to consider its higher values and achievements as derived only from the lower drives, through processes of reaction formation, transformation, and sublimation.
Moreover, many important realities and functions have been neglected or ignored: The fact that the growth drive can become conscious in us human beings enables us to cooperate with this drive and thus to accelerate the process of actualizing our potentials.
Assagioli accepted many insights derived from Freud's brilliant exploration of the "lower unconscious. When asked about the difference between psychosynthesis and psychoanalysis, in an interview not long before his death, he responded with a striking metaphor: In one of his letters Freud said, "I am interested only in the basement of the human building.
After all, a building with only a basement is very limited. We want to open up the terrace where you can sun-bathe or look at the stars.
Our concern is the synthesis of all areas of the personality.Psychosynthesis - Project MUSEPsychosynthesis Firman, John, Gila, For additional information about this book and James Vargiu (Vargiu b) at the Palo AltoJames Vargiu in San Francisco, CA - Bizapedia ProfileJames Vargiu is listed as an Officer with Psychosynthesis Institute in California.
SUBPERSONALITIES By James Vargiu The following article is taken from Synthesis Volume I: The Realization of the Self The Synthesis Press, Redwood City, CA The Psychosynthesis Workbook exercises that have been included in this monograph was prepared with the collaboration of the.
In Search of Meaning: A Psychosynthesis Perspective. New Book: The Rose and The Sword Translated by Dorothy Sayers, Penguin Books, London Firman, John and James Vargiu .
The psychosynthesis journal, which includes a Psychosynthesis Workbook with practical techniques for enhancing one's growth. The Synthesis Press, Doherty Way, Redwood City, CA The following papers and many more are available from the Psychosynthesis Institute, Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA In this article James Vargiu gives a very comprehensive presentation of the concept of subpersonalities in a psychosynthesis context, and of the practical work with subpersonalities.
Vargiu, James; And Others Synthesis, 1, 1, , 77 Psychosynthesis is a name for the process of personal growth: our natural tendency to harmonize our various aspects at even higher levels of .