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ERIC Number: ED342585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 8
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Psychosynthesis and Adventure Counseling.
Moore, Jim
This paper describes the theory of psychosynthesis and suggests how it may be applied to the facilitation of adventure groups. Robert Assagioli's theory of psychosynthesis emphasizes inner psychological parts or elements and their interrelationships. He theorizes that integration or synthesis of these elements is possible. The goal then of psychosynthesis is wholeness, the integration of the psychological elements. Five key concepts of the model are: (1) the Self; (2) the "I"; (3) subpersonalities; (4) identification; and (5) disidentification. The Self is the true center of a person's identity and individuality, containing all the unique qualities and capacities. Normal daily consciousness is not of the Self, but of the "I", which is the reflection of the Self at the level of the personality. The personality is composed of numerous subpersonalities, recognizable as the different roles we play. In psychosynthesis terms, the "I" can identify with and have awareness of the various elements of the psyche. When the "I" consciously chooses to move awareness from one element to another, that process is called disidentification followed by identification. Adventure counselors and facilitators can use the concept of subpersonalities to identify, understand, and accept personality patterns on the part of the individual and on the part of the group in support of the individual. The facilitator can choose initiatives and challenges that will encourage the group to deal with subpersonality patterns and look for alternatives. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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