The Act of Will

  • Full Title: The Act of Will: A Guide to Self-Actualisation and Self-Realisation
  • Author: Roberto Assagioli
  • ISBN 0952400413
  • Print Status: out-of-print
  • Publisher: David Platts Pub Co; Reprint edition (June 1999)

The Act of Will: A Guide to Self-Actualisation and Self-Realisation outlines what Roberto Assagioli saw as being one of the most important aspects of the psyche, and one of particular importance to Psychosynthesis – The Will.


Part One – The Nature of the Will

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The Existential Experience of the Will
  • 3. The Qualities of the Will
  • 4. The Strong Will
  • 5. The Skillful Will: Psychological Laws
  • 6. Practical Applications of the Skillful Will
  • 7. The Good Will
  • 8. Love and Will
  • 9. The Transpersonal Will
  • 10. The Universal Will

Part Two – The Stages of Willing

  • 11. From Intention to Realization
  • 12. Purpose, Evaluation, Motivation, Intention
  • 13. Deliberation, Choice, and Decision
  • 14. Affirmation
  • 15. Planning and Programming
  • 16. The Direction of the Execution

Part Three – Epilogue

  • 17. The Joyous Will
  • The Will Project


  • Appendix One: Self-Identification Exercise
  • Appendix Two: Thinking and Meditation
  • Appendix Three: Questionnaire on the Will
  • Appendix Four: Historical Survey
  • Appendix Five: Differential Psychology

Reference Notes



  • Only the development of his inner powers can offset the dangers inherent in man’s losing control of the tremendous natural forces at his disposal and becoming the victim of his own achievements. – page 6.
  • …a vivid anticipation of a future willed achievement or satisfaction can give joy even while one feels pain. Saint Francis said, “So great is the Good that I am expecting that every pain to me is joyous.” At a less exalted level, this is true of athletes and particularly mountain climbers, to whom the joyous prospect of the “intended” willed achievement outweighs the physical hardships and suffering involved. – page 201.

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