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Psychosynthesis
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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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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION 1. THE LIFE AND WORK OF ROBERTO ASSAGIOLI Roberto Assagioli and His Influences In Conclusion 2. THE PSYCHOSYNTHESIS MODEL OF THE PERSON Assagioli's Diagram of the Person The Middle Unconscious Primal Wounding The Lower Unconscious The Higher Unconscious "I," Consciousness, and Will Self 3. THE STAGES OF PSYCHOSYNTHESIS Stage Zero: Survival of Wounding Stage One: Exploration of the Personality Stage Two: The Emergence of "I" Stage Three: Contact with Self Stage Four: Response to Self In Summation 4. MULTIPLICITY WITHIN THE PERSONALITY Subpersonalities are Normal The Birth of a Subpersonality Subpersonalities in Survival Recognition Acceptance Inclusion Synthesis 5. THE NATURE OF PERSONAL IDENTITY A Disidentification Exercise Empathic "I" Spirit, Soma, and Psyche Transcendence-Immanence 6. A PSYCHOSYNTHESIS DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY Bigger Than We Opening the Inner Door Authentic Personality External and Internal Unifying Centers Primal Wounding Survival Personality Recognition Acceptance Inclusion Synthesis In Conclusion 7. THE HIGHER AND LOWER UNCONSCIOUS Primal Wounding and Splitting The Lower Unconscious and Higher Unconscious Positive and Negative Idealization Psychological Disturbances Psychology and Spirituality 8. SELF-REALIZATION "I" and Self Personal Psychosynthesis Transpersonal Psychosynthesis Self-Realization In Conclusion NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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John Firman and Ann Gila are psychotherapists in private practice in Palo Alto, California and coauthors of The Primal Wound: A Transpersonal View of Trauma, Addiction, and Growth, also published by SUNY Press. Both were trained in psychosynthesis in the early 1970s, and Firman trained with Roberto Assagioli.

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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

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