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5.0 out of 5 stars An Xmas present to one's Self - Self directed of course!, 18 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Act of Will: A Guide to Self-actualisation and Self-realisation (Paperback)
An enlightened slant on how we think, or more accurately How We Will. "I will, therefore I am" anyone? Since what Assagioli is proposing is a wider perspective in viewing matters of volition, that adheres to his theory of Psychosynthesis. The book is divided into two main parts. The first part outlines in detail the fundamental aspects of the will: strong, good and skillfull, and also more esoterically, transpersonal and universal will. The second part, is a step-by-step guide in the art of decision-making, which I found thoroughly practical, and incredibly wise, if at moments requiring more focus and application, than the leisurely pace of part 1: "The immense number of actions that are impulsively performed by human beings with no consideration of the consequences is appalling. This is because, in reality, few really think. Thinking is uncomfortable and tiring; it demands concentration, and this requires a persistent use of the will. Moreover, the outcome of such thinking may unpleasantly conflict with some of our inclinations and drives. Hence, the fundamental importance, indeed the necessity of learning to think properly, to reflect and to meditate." Assagioli makes the profundity of his psychosynthetic insights very pragmatical (almost business-like) which I did not expect before reading this book, and the scope for its philosophical application in many fields of human enquiry is considerate.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Act of Will, 25 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Act of Will: A Guide to Self-actualisation and Self-realisation (Paperback)
This is a beautifully written account of 50 years of psychotherapeutic practice. Some of the ideas are not easy but Assagioli seems to know what the important point is, like the good therapist he undoubtedly was. Assagioli didnt write much but he was fortunate in that he taught many who did. I would recommend reading Paulo Ferruci's "What We May Be" as a sister volume to this, since Ferruci expands the psychsynthesis framework into a practical handbook. All in all I find psychsynthesis a deeply healing and human framework, not least in that it connects Freud (with whom Assagioli was associated) and Maslow (whom he seems to admire) without all the schisms and divisions which seem to have attended the development of psychological theory in both the UK and the US. This is a serious, grounded and firmly optimistic key text likely to generate a new path for those who come across it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars useful book, 4 July 2013
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Empowers me to stay fast with tough decisions, is insightful. but will it make me less sensitive and more inflexible?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deeper Affirmations, 4 July 2012
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Everyone should read even a little of this book, to realise individual possibilities, Assigioli has written vast amounts to help us understand how our deeper thoughts can be controlled that our will is strong and instinctive.. It can be a little confusing at times where I would read again but like the book affirms, repeat to the positive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to really start making progress, while getting to know yourself..(!), 19 April 2006
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Underestimated! But not for long. Thats my prophesy..

In psykosynthesis, the will is the faculty of our nature that is "closest" to our true nature. Thus; why not make it our buisness to study it? Would be pretty intelligent.. no?

In this book, Assagioli defines the four aspects of the will. And he also teaches how to make progress counciously, and purposefully using our will. Thus enhancing our life.

If you can see the value then wait no longer! If you cant, then i am sorry for you. Not!:)
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The Act of Will: A Guide to Self-actualisation and Self-realisation by Roberto Assagioli (Paperback - 15 Jun 1999)
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