This site tries to give you the short story of what is
a complex view of our human emotional makeup.
Common ideas about 'where emotions come from' are
Common professional ideas about 'how to fix or manage emotions' and how to improve our inner private lives are essentially flawed.
We attempt here to narrow down explanations that could fill
the library you see in the 'other info' page.
Af-x is pronounced 'affex'
(with an emphasis on the 'Aff')
It is derived from the word "affect" which is technically defined as 'that class of human feelings that may not be able to be expressed verbally.'
So Af-x is an approach that is VERY specific to the indefinable feelings and emotions that run at unconscious level and cannot be accessed via modern cognitive (words into thought) processes.
HOW DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS UNCONSCIOUS 'AFFECT'? ---
Since the establishment, many decades ago, of research laboratories that have been focused on the discovery of how you 'house and hold' affect material - or emotional undercurrents - we have learned a great deal about the origin and presence of what is known as 'subconscious affect drivers' that cannot be verbalized in any modern narrative way.
These 'Affective Neuroscience' laboratories within universities such as the University of Wisconsin and Brown University RI have shown us that human beings actually 'encode' the memory of emotional reactions to life's varied experiences as far in the distant past as 24 - 25 weeks into gestation (several weeks before birth), and we develop habits of those reactions that repeat (perseverate) into adulthood. These are truly unconscious habits that we cannot put words to, yet they are influential in the way in which we run our lives and our emotional status, even as adults. They are a 'hidden cache' of emotional response patterns that we cannot hope to understand through the sponsorship of the conscious verbal mind.
SO WHAT? ---
For many, or some of us, these unconscious drivers are benign and have little to no negative effect on how we live our lives. For others, these 'preverbal' influences are well-compacted and lead us to building some almost uncontrollable emotional patterns in our current lives.
What is interesting is that these hidden drivers (although still highly influencing our emotional characters) cannot be defined in any way that makes sense to 'the adult person.' Furthermore, their very state of being (unconscious and non-verbal) defies analysis and therefore makes modern 'talk therapy' or psychotherapy largely ineffectual in terms of making any positive change to them.
So, in spite of the fact that these affect drivers run in a way that is unseen and unacknowledged to most of us, their influence is in all probability at the root cause of most of our present life's emotional problems.
SO WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT Af-x? ---
Af-x works in diametrically opposite ways to mainstream psychotherapy, particularly when verbal exchange and verbal reporting are at the forefront of how those approaches operate. In preventing your conscious mind from revealing such things as symptom details and life story to the therapist, we know that there is produced a 'change in dynamic' at subconscious level that promotes the notion and activity of self-correction and re-learning preverbal habitual encodings that 'run' the negative drivers.
Af-x is an approach that respects, validates and promotes inherent capabilities to self-heal, change and keep the change. We operate strictly from the perspective of 'what's RIGHT with you' rather than 'what's wrong with you' as any other approach that focuses on present symptoms and problems does.
Af-x assumes your perfection above all else and works to restore your own belief and potential in that perfection, not only of your potential self, but also your current experiences.
"White’s work is a pioneering, new and radical approach to therapy that circumvents over-complex and unnecessary analysis and goes directly, effectively and respectfully, to the crux of what has been creating serious problems to the human race - individually and collectively – in the last 2 or 3 thousand years. Many have tried over the centuries, some almost did it, but White is the one who has eventually cut the Gordian knot."
Dr Ioannis Dovelos, Director of the Applied Psychotherapy & Counselling Centre, Athens, Greece.