Most psychotherapists would agree with a basic aim of relief of suffering but the framework within which this suffering is perceived can differ widely. Lawrence is a clear challenge to this view of the human psyche.
Within a medical model, the patient is asked, “What is wrong with you”. An different question is provided in the Grail myth, when Perceval is instructed to ask of the wounded king, “What ails thee?
The Freudian perspective resigns human life to being alienated from nature.
Jungian analysis is concerned to heal this alienation in the inner marriage between ego and soul.
Spirit without soul has no containing vessel and soul without spirit loses direction and becomes self-absorbed.
Freud emphasised the function of the ego as a means to compromise between the demands of instinctual life and the requirements for social relationship.
Assagioli referred to this calling as the impulse of the transpersonal will.
Psychosynthesis is a psychology and psychotherapy of Inspiration Assagioli recognised that psyche longs for union with spirit, as the story of Psyche and Eros suggests.