By John Firman, Ann Gila
Illuminates the function of empathic love in psychotherapy.
This booklet exhibits what psychosynthesis seems 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 religious 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 humans to include and actualize the full 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 delivering this love for an additional. They contain experientially dependent types and thought, case experiences 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 booklet, solidly in response to the authors’ a long time of expertise as therapists and as lecturers of psychosynthesis. it really is packed with illuminating examples of healing interactions and theoretical views from a wide selection of sources—including Freud, Jung, Adler, and Rogers. it is also religious insights from transpersonal psychology, Western mysticism, and Buddhism.
“For Firman and Gila, psychosynthesis is a psychology of affection, a robust assertion which demanding situations well known mechanistic ways to psychotherapy. This ebook is key interpreting for someone 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 clinical examine, and on the foundation of all winning psychotherapy and counseling. Firman and Gila exhibit us empathy in its private aspect—as non secular empathy. Their perception throws new gentle at the nature of relationships, in addition to at the perform of the aiding professions. This e-book will do a lot to enhance the standard of our presence with the folks in our lives. it's a ideal tribute to the secret of love.”
— Piero Ferrucci, writer of Beauty and the Soul: the extreme strength of daily good looks to Heal Your Life
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Therefore, the technique consists in eliminating all the partial self-identifications. , introspection. It means, as its terminology clearly indicates, directing the mind’s eye, or the observing function, upon the world of psychological facts, of psychological events, of which we can be aware. (Assagioli 2000, 101) He further suggests that such a sustained introspection (an aspect of meditation or contemplation in spiritual traditions) focus on three levels of experience: physical sensations, feelings, and thoughts.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. (quoted in Levine 1982, 183) Self-Realization Many psychological thinkers besides Assagioli have recognized within the human being a sense of wisdom and direction that operates beyond, and often in spite of, the conscious personality. This has been called “the inner voice” and “Self” (Jung 1954), the “will to meaning” (Frankl 1962; 1967), the “destiny drive” (Bollas 1989), the “soul’s code” (Hillman 1996), “the actualizing 28 A Psychotherapy of Love tendency” (Rogers 1980), and the “nuclear program” (Kohut 1984).
You” Are Not an Experience Furthermore, disidentification from contents and forms of experience can extend to deeper and more pervasive structures of the personality as well. These might include such things as subpersonalities, complexes, habitual feeling states, and even lifelong images and beliefs about who you are— all things that tend to become confused with “I,” The inner experience of things with which “I” can become identified. pure self-awareness, inde(Disidentification at these more ingrained levels may pendent of any content or involve psychological work in order to uncover and function of the ego .
A Psychotherapy of Love: Psychosynthesis in Practice by John Firman, Ann Gila