Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974), the founder of Psychosynthesis, in his conception of the wholehuman being included both the discoveries of psychoanalysis and the wisdom of spiritualtraditions. He saw that, although psychologyand spirituality are distinct domains, thoseengaged in a spiritual search often needpsychological help in integrating their experiences. Conversely a psychology whichdoes not honour the spiritual dimension cannotspeak for the whole person.He recognised the spiritual longing of personsin our present cultural wasteland. In connectionwith this he said:
"One major reason why the Self is coming back into currency is the tremendoussearch for self identity. Formerly an individual took himself so to speak for granted. He accepted himself as he was, or, more frequently, he identifiedhimself with the group to which he belonged, family, tribe, clan, class, or nationor, if he was religious, with some great Being or God. But in our time, which maywell be a time of total crisis, all these identifications fall away and the individual isthrown back on himself. This baffles him, he does not know who he is and this isthe chief reason for the widespread 'existential anguish'."
A Height Psychology
Assagioli. talked of psychosynthesis asessentially an attitude, an inclusive approach tothe psyche which began from the premise thatthe whole is. We do not make ourselves whole.In potential we are already whole and thisunbroken wholeness within each of us can berecognised. Rather than trying to untie the knotsof our alienation, we could create a newperspective for our identity by shifting our attention away from the habitual patterns of conditioning to the underlying wholeness of whowe essentially are. In many ways he was