A Psychotherapy of Love: Psychosynthesis in Practice by John Firman, Ann Gila

By John Firman, Ann Gila

Illuminates the position of empathic love in psychotherapy.

This booklet indicates what psychosynthesis appears like within the empirical perform of psychotherapy. initially conceived by means of Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, psychosynthesis is without doubt one of the first Western psychologies to incorporate theoretically either the mental and religious dimensions of the individual and to handle therapeutic and development at either one of those degrees. In influence, it bargains an method of psychotherapy based in altruistic love, a love that nurtures the innate force inside humans to embody and actualize the total of who they're. Authors John Firman and Ann Gila discover how this empathic altruistic love affects the particular healing state of affairs and what's concerned for the therapist in supplying this love for an additional. They comprise experientially dependent versions and concept, case reviews from either the buyer 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 realistic and profound ebook, solidly in response to the authors’ many years of expertise as therapists and as academics of psychosynthesis. it really is jam-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 religious 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 ways to psychotherapy. This publication is key analyzing for an individual drawn 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 vanguard of medical study, and on the foundation of all winning psychotherapy and counseling. Firman and Gila exhibit 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 e-book will do a lot to enhance the standard of our presence with the folk in our lives. it's a ultimate tribute to the secret of love.”
Piero Ferrucci, writer of Beauty and the Soul: the intense energy of daily good looks to Heal Your Life

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24 A Psychotherapy of Love Consciousness and Will One of the two functions of “I” according to Assagioli is consciousness. This notion is based on the observation that in disidentification from limiting structures of experience, your consciousness becomes free to engage a much wider experiential range. ” If you are identified with the parent part of yourself, for example, you will experience the world as a parent and be out of touch with perhaps the hurt or playful child in you, the fun-loving adolescent within, or the spontaneous artistic side of yourself.

The pervasive interlocking systems of survival unifying centers in the world can be rightly termed “the culture of imposition” (Quiñones Rosado 2007). A P s y c h o s y n t h e s i s D e v e l o p m e n t a l Th e o r y 41 Mark Horowitz, a longtime psychosynthesis teacher and corporate consultant, has a fine analysis of these larger self-centered survival unifying centers and points out the ongoing objectification and wounding created by oppression from these systems: Almost all human systems are dedicated to a goal divorced from concerns about the largest Whole.

In this way, human beings include and express the full range of their potential and so may discover and respond to their own unique path in life. Such a personality we have called authentic personality. 1 Authentic Personality Authentic personality is an expression of authentic, essential identity via the inherited gifts and accumulated skills gathered over the course of life. Furthermore, authentic personality implies contact with, and a following of, one’s own sense of meaning or direction in life—Self-realization.

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