Psychosynthesis was developed by Italian psychiatrist, Roberto Assagioli. He was a student of Freud and Bleuler, but his theory of psychology was distinctive in its optimism about human nature and the creative aspects of the Self and the Will. Assagioli was a friend of Carl Gustav Jung and was attuned with his psycho-spiritual theories.
Assagioli died in August 1974, but several of those who knew him extended his influence. Assagioli said in an interview with Psychology Today, published shortly after his death: “The limit of psychosynthesis is that it has no limits. It is too extensive, too comprehensive. Its weakness is that it accepts too much”.
Assagioli had eclectic interests, and incorporated strands of Eastern philosophy and theosophy in his work. Wikipedia says that “the movement has been at times exposed to the dangers of fossilisation and cultism” but the community is thriving, and its open, inclusive philosophy and practical focus make it increasingly influential.
There is now a community of psychosynthesis groups across Europe, North America and (in nascent form) in parts of Asia. The more influential websites and Facebook groups are listed in the Directory section of this website. The psychosynthesis community is growing, and the central ethos of self-development and the unity of the Self and Will seem more and more relevant.