Until relatively recently, his work was not widely known outside of Italy.
He continued to change and develop psychosynthesis until his death in Florence in 1974.
This is useful when a person is being supported to explore "what's holding me back?
Psychosynthesis is a whole-person approach to healing and growth.
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.(2) Assagioli has an appreciation for the way in which the intensive study of pathology by psychoanalysis and depth psychology has enlarged and deepened our understanding of the human psyche.Moreover, many important realities and functions have been neglected or ignored: intuition, creativity, the will, and the very core of the human psyche -- the Self.(3) Psychosynthesis affirms the natural drive of persons to grow by integrating their lives at higher levels.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.Psychosynthesis counselling and therapy can be described as a personal experience of being and becoming.Benefits of a Psychosynthesis approach in everyday life can lead to self-discovery, change and personal transformation in how we experience and know ourselves.Our concern is the synthesis of all areas of the personality.This means psychosynthesis is holistic, global and inclusive.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. Notes Psychosynthesis was developed by psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, who was born in Venice, Italy, in 1888.It is one of the most productive sources of both concepts and methods for growth-oriented counselors and therapists. With prophetic insight, Assagioli declares: "Only the development of his inner powers can offset the dangers inherent in man's [sic] losing control of the tremendous forces at his disposal and becoming the victim of his own achievements. This is indispensable for maintaining the sanity and indeed the very survival of humanity."(1) Psychosynthesis is also explicitly spiritually oriented.