By John Firman, Ann Gila
Illuminates the function of empathic love in psychotherapy.
This publication 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 deal with therapeutic and progress at either one of those degrees. In impact, it deals an method of psychotherapy based in altruistic love, a love that nurtures the innate force inside of humans to include and actualize the total of who they're. Authors John Firman and Ann Gila discover how this empathic altruistic love affects the particular healing scenario and what's concerned for the therapist in offering this love for an additional. They contain experientially dependent versions and concept, case stories 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 line with 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's also 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 renowned mechanistic methods to psychotherapy. This e-book is vital studying for somebody 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 leading edge 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 mild 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 most appropriate tribute to the secret of love.”
— Piero Ferrucci, writer of Beauty and the Soul: the intense energy of daily attractiveness to Heal Your Life
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Just as “I” is distinct-but-not-separate from all aspects of the personality, so Self is distinct-but-not-separate from all unifying centers. Additionally, if “I” is transcendent-immanent, it would seem to follow that the source of “I” is transcendent-immanent as well. That is, “I,” if transcendent-immanent, cannot be the product of content or process; not a differentiation of some primordial id; not a complex fabricated from psychological elements; not a “de-integrate” of an earlier integrated whole; nor the emanation of an original unity.
1). The lower unconscious is then the disowned range of our experience that would normally attune us to experiences most directly related to the pain of primal wounding—experiences such as anxiety and disintegration; lack of meaning in self or world; feeling lost, trapped, or buried; isolation, abandonment, banishment; feeling overwhelmed, helpless, or hopeless; emptiness or hollowness; despair, shame, and guilt (see chapter 2). Under the threat of personal annihilation, significant sectors of our ability to experience pain and suffering are here split off from ongoing awareness.
Rather, splitting and repression occur only when a particular range of experience represents an emotional or mental threat to the caregivers—a result of their own wounding. In this case, the child engaging these levels of experience faces not mere puzzlement and curiosity from caregivers, but active rage, shame, and emotional abandonment. In the following chapter we shall further explore the nature of primal wounding, but let us now return to Assagioli’s model of the person and examine “I,” the mysterious “who” to whom all of these levels of the unconscious belong.
A Psychotherapy of Love: Psychosynthesis in Practice by John Firman, Ann Gila