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Self-realization and Psychological Disturbances, by Roberto Assagioli

"By Roberto Assagioli , Source: Psychosynthesis Research Foundation. Issue No. 10

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The study of the psychopathological aspects of human nature has contributed a vast mass of observations, theories and techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. It has produced the widespread psychoanalytic movement and other aspects of dynamic psychology which have greatly enlarged and deepened our knowledge of the human psyche.

However, this pathological approach has, besides its assets, also a serious liability, and that is an exaggerated emphasis on the morbid manifestations and on the lower aspects of human nature and the consequent unwarranted generalized applications of the many findings of psychopathology to the psychology of normal human beings. This has produced a rather dreary and pessimistic picture of human nature and the tendency to consider its higher values and achievements as derived only from the lower drives, through processes of reaction formation, transformation and sublimation. Moreover, many important realities and functions have been neglected or ignored: intuition , creativity, the will, and the very core of the human psyche - the Self."
 
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