When he was released, he wrote, "My dedication is to the task of helping men and women free themselves from inner prisons." Assagioli was one of three Italians credited with being pioneers of the psychoanalytic movement.
As a medical student, he introduced Freud's concept of psychoanalysis to his professors in Florence.
His goal was not just to treat psychopathology, using a more complete method that the Freudian psychoanalysis with which he started.
He also wanted to develop a way to guide each person to understand the meaning of human life in all its contexts.
Assagioli's purpose was to create a scientific approach which encompassed the whole human being—creativity and will, joy and wisdom, as well as impulses and drives.
He wanted this integrative approach to be practical, not only an understanding of how we live, but a tool to help us live better, more fully, according to the best that is within each of us. Jung wrote to Sigmund Freud of “a very pleasant and perhaps valuable acquaintance, our first Italian, a Dr.
One way to think of the lower unconscious is that it is a particular bandwidth of one’s experiential range that has been broken away from consciousness.
It comprises that range of experience related to the threat of personal annihilation, of destruction of self, of nonbeing, and more generally, of the painful side of the human condition.
To this end, it uses a number of specifically designed psychological training methods and techniques.
Assagioli (in common with Abraham Maslow) had considerable interest in the creative powers of the human personality, and in peak experiences; and he intended Psychosynthesis as a way to unify the ordinary levels of consciousness with the higher creative and transpersonal levels of being.