Ancient Greek stoic philosophy - Epictetus - "we are not affected by things around us; we are affected by our reaction to things around us"
Bukkyo Zen philosophy of human perfection and the value of silence
Affective neuroscience studies in brain modeling, taloning, preverbal emotional encoding and plasticity
The beautiful intersection and coupling of the humanities and other sciences. Here, the Dalai Lama meets Brown University research neuroscientist, Assoc Prof Willoughby Britton..
Because this site is intended to present only a brief overview, a more detailed account of the history of Af-x is best read here.
Following study as a lay Bukkyo Zen monk (Japan, 1962-on), Ian White studied Morita Therapy and went on to become a Zen Shiatsu therapist, specializing in Ampuku treatment (body holding emotions). He taught mindfulness in Australia for many years.
After studying and training in numerous forms of Western psychotherapy in the 1980s and 90s, White melded his understanding of the subconscious dynamics when experiencing silence with his insights into Western symptomatic therapy approaches.
The genesis of Af-x in the early 90s led to years of fine-tuning the philosophy, the theory and the method of Af-x into what it is today.
Early establishment by White of the ESR system of client feedback was also critical in determining the effectiveness of Af-x and providing 'result markers' by which the approach has continued to be improved.
2002 saw the first international practitioner training program held over 5 months in Helsingborg, Sweden. In subsequent years, Af-x Practitioners have been trained in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Greece, South America and Australia.
Of particular interest in Af-x is the human predilection for building unconscious 'drivers' that lead to the construction of what White calls the Avatar Self - the mask we ALL develop to interface with the world around us. An avatar-mask that can never be wholly authentic.
Click on the above pic for a look behind the avatar. Also see a blog article here
Ian White is the originator of Af-x and Clinical Affectology. A 30 year development into an approach that DENIES the importance of "talk in therapy" and gets down to the business of making alterations to the subconscious unspoken drivers
AT AUTHENTIC EMOTIONAL LEVEL
(that has no words).