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Term for an older style of therapy, posited as the opposite of psychoanalysis, stressing the restoration of useful inhibitions and of the id to its rightful place in relation to the ego.
[psycho- + synthesis]
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psychosynthesisA mental health philosophy developed in the early 20th century by Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli. Psychosynthesis is a four-step process that requires thorough self-knowledge, self-control, realisation of one’s inner self (resulting in the creation of a “unifying centre”) and psychosynthesis, the final stage, in which the personality is reconstructed around the unifying centre. Assagioli viewed a person as having a psychic structure with three layers: an unconscious and a conscious self, which is connected directly with a transpersonal self that interacts with others, known as the collective unconscious.
Psychosynthesis focuses less on the morbid symptoms of a particular disease, and more on resolving the malfunction of a person who is presumed to be fundamentally healthy.
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