By John Firman, Ann Gila
Illuminates the function of empathic love in psychotherapy.
This e-book exhibits what psychosynthesis feels like within the empirical perform of psychotherapy. initially conceived through 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 influence, it bargains an method of psychotherapy based in altruistic love, a love that nurtures the innate force inside of humans to include and actualize the entire 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 delivering this love for an additional. They comprise experientially established types and concept, case reports 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 e-book, solidly in response to the authors’ a long time of expertise as therapists and as academics of psychosynthesis. it really is packed with illuminating examples of healing interactions and theoretical views from a large choice of sources—including Freud, Jung, Adler, and Rogers. additionally it is 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 renowned mechanistic techniques to psychotherapy. This publication is vital interpreting for an individual attracted 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 learn, and on the foundation of all profitable psychotherapy and counseling. Firman and Gila exhibit us empathy in its inner most aspect—as religious empathy. Their perception throws new gentle at the nature of relationships, in addition to at the perform of the supporting professions. This ebook will do a lot to enhance the standard of our presence with the folk in our lives. it's a correct tribute to the secret of love.”
— Piero Ferrucci, writer of Beauty and the Soul: the intense strength of daily good looks to Heal Your Life
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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).
If “I” is loving, empathic, transcendent-immanent spirit, it would rather seem that the source of “I” must be a greater or deeper loving, empathic, transcendentimmanent Spirit (capital “S”). ” Just as “I” is distinct-but-notseparate from the flow of immediate experience, so Self can be thought of as distinct-but-not-separate from any and all content and layers of the personality, both conscious and unconscious. Self is transcendent and so may be immanent anywhere, any time, within the entire personality and beyond.
Unconscious Structuralization of Self and World Although the middle unconscious can receive patterns that are consciously formed, it can also be structured without the intercession of consciousness at all (this holds for subpersonality formation as well). Such unconscious learning is a function of what neuroscience calls “implicit memory” (Cozolino 2002; Lewis, Amini, and Lannon 2001; Siegel 1999; Stern 2004). This structuralization of the middle unconscious allows us, for example, to learn all the many complex rules of grammar without ever being conscious of these rules; that is, when we hear proper grammar we simply know it “sounds right,” remaining unaware of the complex learning that underpins that knowing.
A Psychotherapy of Love: Psychosynthesis in Practice by John Firman, Ann Gila