The word "psychosynthesis" is derived from the words "psyche" and "synthesis". "Psyche" refers to all psychological processes both conscious and unconscious and "synthesis" refers to "making whole."
Psychosynthesis is both a psychology of self-actualization and a philosophy in the art of living. It is a value oriented system of human development that employs deliberate active techniques designed to direct and transform psychological energies, and to provide direction and guidance toward the attainment of one's full potential.
Developed in the early 1900s by psychoanalyst Roberto Assagioli, psychosynthesis provides a comprehensive and compassionate approach to the whole person and it incorporates a set of principles that respects and honors the unique process of each individual.
Psychosynthesis helps us to recognize and accept the different and often opposing aspects of our personalities and promotes resolution between them. It also emphasizes the importance of learning to access our own higher wisdom, that part of us that somehow knows what we need to change, learn, and develop.
Roger Paradis studied for five years with Edith Stauffer Ph.D., the founder and director of Psychosynthesis International.
Psychosynthesis resources and articles can be found by visiting the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis web site.