By John Firman, Ann Gila

Illuminates the function of empathic love in psychotherapy.

This e-book exhibits what psychosynthesis feels like within the empirical perform of psychotherapy. initially conceived by means of Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, psychosynthesis is likely one of the first Western psychologies to incorporate theoretically either the mental and non secular dimensions of the individual and to deal with therapeutic and progress at either one of those degrees. In impact, it bargains an method of psychotherapy based in altruistic love, a love that nurtures the innate force inside of people to include and actualize the complete of who they're. Authors John Firman and Ann Gila discover how this empathic altruistic love affects the particular healing scenario and what's concerned for the therapist in offering this love for an additional. They comprise experientially dependent versions and concept, case stories from either the customer and therapist views, and a call for participation for either the pro and the layperson to the self-reflection, internal paintings, and dedication essential to love and paintings at this depth.

“A Psychotherapy of affection is a pragmatic and profound e-book, solidly in accordance with the authors’ many years of expertise as therapists and as academics of psychosynthesis. it truly is packed with illuminating examples of healing interactions and theoretical views from a large choice of sources—including Freud, Jung, Adler, and Rogers. it is usually non secular insights from transpersonal psychology, Western mysticism, and Buddhism.

“For Firman and Gila, psychosynthesis is a psychology of affection, a strong assertion which demanding situations well known mechanistic techniques to psychotherapy. This booklet is key analyzing for somebody attracted to pursuing psychotherapy as a loving, compassionate, and spiritually grounded profession.”
Robert Frager, Founder, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

“The topic of empathy is these days on the leading edge of clinical learn, and on the foundation of all winning psychotherapy and counseling. Firman and Gila express us empathy in its inner most aspect—as non secular empathy. Their perception throws new gentle at the nature of relationships, in addition to at the perform of the supporting professions. This ebook will do a lot to enhance the standard of our presence with the folks in our lives. it's a most appropriate tribute to the secret of love.”
Piero Ferrucci, writer of Beauty and the Soul: the intense strength of daily good looks to Heal Your Life

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Assagioli writes that personal psychosynthesis “includes the development and harmonizing of all human functions and potentialities at all levels of the lower and middle area in the diagram of the constitution of man” (Assagioli 1973b, 121). He is here referring to the oval diagram and to working with the lower and middle unconscious, a process leading toward a P s y c h o s y n t h e s i s P e r s o n a l i t y Th e o r y 29 clearer sense of autonomy, personality integration, and personal power.

Expansion of the Middle Unconscious Over time, it is common to find interplay between personal and transpersonal psychosynthesis such that both the higher and lower unconscious begin to be integrated. In this process we may find ourselves enjoying experiences of creativity, spiritual insight, and joy in our artistic or spiritual practice; then find ourselves joining a self-help program for a compulsion and thereby increasing 30 A Psychotherapy of Love our personal freedom; and perhaps entering therapy to uncover and heal aspects of experience related to childhood wounding.

This type of work has been a strong component of psychosynthesis therapy since the 1970s (Carter-Haar 1975; Vargiu 1974), and more recently has been The recognition of the variaddressed by other approaches as well (Polster 1995; ous “selves”; this in the Rowan 1990; Schwartz 1995; Sliker 1992; Stone sense given to them by and Winkelman 1985; Watkins and Watkins 1997). William James. We may call So subpersonalities are quite the norm even in them sub-personalities. psychologically healthy people, and while their —ROBERTO ASSAGIOLI conflicts can be the source of pain and even psychological symptoms, they themselves should not be seen as pathological.

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