"I" and Self Re-Visioning Psychosynthesis
by John Firman (1991)
Forward by Frank Haronian, author of “The Repression of the Sublime”

“When Sam Keen interviewed Roberto Assagioli for an article that was published in Psychology Today, he asked Roberto to tell him what was wrong with psychosynthesis. Keen gave Roberto an ‘A’ for his reply to the effect that psychosynthesis was too ‘extensive,’ too ‘comprehensive.’ This over-inclusiveness has led to psychosynthesis remaining somewhat vague and undefined over the years. While it still offers a broad general vision of the whole person, it has developed relatively little precise articulation of the theory. John has taken a giant step toward correcting that deficiency. In doing so he has successfully avoided going to the other extreme of proposing a rigid and dogmatic system without room for expansion and correction.

I am grateful to John for opening my eyes to something that has been gestating in me for several years. Also, he has made me aware of some problems that I had not recognized. He has approached psychosynthesis as a lover who wants to help it to grow ever more adequate to its chosen task, not as a detractor who scorns its aspirations. John’s study offers us an improved view of both the shortcomings and the potentialities of psychosynthesis. ”—from the forward by Frank Haronian, Ph.D.

Chapter One: Trouble in the Soul of Psychosynthesis
Chapter Two: Dualism and Psychosynthesis
Chapter Three: On "I"
Chapter Four: Transcendence-Immanence
Chapter Five: The Idealization of "I" and Self
Chapter Six: Transcending the Levels of Consciousness
Chapter Seven: Transcendence-Immanence and Therapy
Appendix One: "I" in Religious Traditions
Appendix Two: "I" in Psychology
Appendix Three: Good, Evil, and the I-Self Relationship
Appendix Four: Individuality and Universality