Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) looked at the health of man and developed a psychology that focuses on our inherent possibilities, with a holistic view that encompasses the whole of man; body, thoughts, emotions and soul.
It assumes that all parts need attention in order for us to be able to develop the potential that exists within us.
Assagioli believed that empathy and the therapeutic relationship are more important than specific methods in the therapeutic work.
He describes his way of working with the words:
Assagioli shows that when the parts of the personality are integrated in a personal psychosynthesis, we can work further towards a transpersonal psychosynthesis, to also include the spiritual dimension in our lives.
According to Assagioli, the will is the most central function of the psyche.
In order to live our lives, instead of just surviving, we need to learn to use our will to notice and experience all emotions. We need to welcome all experiences to learn more about ourselves and life.