What is Transpersonal Psychology?

Transpersonal psychology defines wellness not as the absence of disease but rather as wellbeing deriving from being able to fulfil one's highest potential as a human being. Founded on the perspective that we are more than a body and a brain, transpersonal psychology acknowledges all of who we are: the conscious, the subconscious, the unconscious, as well as consciousness.

It also acknowledges our connection with ourselves, others and with our environment, as well as our power to create reality through perspective and resulting actions. One of its founders, Abraham Maslow, saw the fulfilment of our highest potential, also called self-actualisation, as having a positive impact not only on ourselves, but also on the collective sphere to which we belong. Other experts in the transpersonal domain, such as Ken Wilber, share this view.

Often wrongly perceived as scientifically unfounded or as religious because of its connection to the spiritual, transpersonal psychology takes into account the latest scientific discoveries on the nature of reality and of consciousness, in particular in neuroplasticity, epigenetics and quantum mechanics. These latest discoveries point to the idea that we are powerful because our subjectivity designs our very own, personal, universe.

Transpersonal psychology is therefore characterised by integrity: it seeks to reconnect and heal the individual on all levels (the physical, the emotional, the mental, the spiritual, the inter and intra-personal). It also integrates the seen and the unseen, the material and the immaterial, the scientific and the spiritual.

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