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A Look at Psychosynthesis, by Stacey Millichamp

August 24, 2015

Psychosynthesis describes the conscious effort of an individual to drive personal growth in order to achieve the fullest realization of him or herself. The concept was first developed in 1910 by psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, a forerunner of the psychoanalytic movement in Italy. He observed that repression could be extremely damaging to the psyche and wanted to develop a method to help his patients integrate the lower unconscious with the superconscious.

Psychosynthesis takes place across two stages, though each individual will experience the stages differently, and the two stages may overlap. The first stage is known as personal psychosynthesis and refers to the effort of integrating the personality around the self while achieving a satisfying and healthy functioning level in relationships, work, and life. The second stage is called transpersonal psychosynthesis. During this stage, the individual learns to maintain alignment with the transpersonal self and to use transpersonal energies, such as cooperation, responsibility, love, and purpose while listening to his or her inner guidance and wisdom.

About the author:
Stacey Millichamp is an accredited psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Millichamp operates as a trainer and group supervisor with the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust and the Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis in the UK.

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