The core aim of transpersonal psychology is to explore human growth and help people to discover a deep and more enduring essential self that exists beyond the conditioned ego. The methodology behind this therapeutic process is a combination of spiritual traditions from around the world, which are integrated with elements of contemporary psychology.
The essential self is a combination of the transpersonal, self-transcendent and spiritual aspects of human experience. All of life’s experiences are considered valuable and growth-enhancing, and every individual is treated according to their innate striving toward a higher reality. Ultimately, in transpersonal psychology healing and growth is approached through recognition of the centrality of self.
Transpersonal psychology does not view human personality as limited, instead, it sees certain character traits and attributes as a mask of our true essence. So, therapists who subscribe to transpersonal psychology believe that human growth begins with people who are hindered from reaching their potential, for instance, those suffering from a psychological disorder.
Another key element of transpersonal psychology is the use of positive influences rather than troubled aspects of our human psyche to bring about healing and personal development. Focusing on positive role models who embody the true nature of our human psyche, therapists can teach you to see your inner capabilities and view yourself as part of the process to reaching a state of improved human functionality.
Some of the most commonly used methods in transpersonal psychology include body awareness and movement, journal writing, breathwork, inner child healing, meditation, guided visualisation, yoga therapy, goal setting, dreamwork, gestalt therapy, assertive training, regression therapy, the development of imagination and intuition, and symbolic artwork
Transpersonal psychology allows individuals to recognise and value their true worth. This makes the therapy particularly beneficial to those who may be experiencing symptoms that are hindering their ability to appreciate and make the most of the experiences life has to offer. The kinds of problems that transpersonal psychology can help to treat include anxiety, depression, phobias and addictions – psychological conditions that are considered to have a spiritual component which needs to be understood and addressed.