Joe Jarlett - Bristol based Technologist, Psychologist, Environmentalist, Musician, Philosopher

Psychosynthesis Diploma

I am currently studying a 3 year diploma in psychosynthesis at the Psychosynthesis Trust.

Psychosynthesis was developed by Roberto Assagioli in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. The model extends from the consciousness and lower unconscious definitions of behavioural psychology and psychoanalysis, to include the higher conscious and collective unconscious of humanistic psychology and beyond.

I have loved to learn the history of psychosynthesis. From behaviour psychology, through to psychoanalysis then humanistic psychology and beyond. I have gained the insight in how it has included its history as part of the journey, without disposing of concepts along the way, but instead using them as reference points.

I has noticed that psychosynthesis has adopted the empirical scientific approach. Unlike other psychology practises, it seems to place more emphasis on insight than inferential processing. This in turn leans towards the cultivation of trust in the transpersonal domain. So, even though it isn’t religious, there is some element of faith and an navigating approach towards the aspect of life that feel like infinity such as love and nature. It feels as if the practice is like a dialogue with a sage as a source of inspiration without telling you what to do or be.

The thematic seminars in the course cover:

  • The identity, subpersonalities, and dis-identification
  • The Cultivation of the Will
  • Childhood and the Unconscious I
  • The Creative Use of Pain, Crisis and Failure
  • Self-Realisation and Psychological Disturbances
  • Interpersonal Psychosynthesis
  • Sexualities and Genders
  • Relational dynamics
  • Counselling skills

I focused my study on the will and existential inertia. If you would like to read a copy of my personal essay, please email me and I would be more than happy to email you a copy.

Books List so far