Where Did Af-x Come From?
The architect of the modern Af-x approach is Ian White, Sydney practitioner and academic. His path has involved Bukkyo Zen (philosophical - i.e. non-religious) studies and mindfulness meditation practice and teaching.
He has moved through a variety of therapies over four decades, all of which have involved human subconscious (unconscious) dynamics. These studies and practices, along with many years of research into the neuroscience of affect formation has culminated in a melding of these disciplines to form both affectology (the science of feeling) and Af-x (the science of feeling better!).
While there is no such thing as “a new therapy;” a “new wheel,” Af-x acknowledges that its approach is bred from a variety of intelligent and commonsense aspects of other treatments. So, it can be said that Af-x includes elements of:
Notwithstanding influences from without, Af-x can be said to be a true reflection of an attitude of “looking after self” and rejecting that which makes little sense. That attitude is soundly supported by neuroscience and philosophy, so Af-x is a true marriage of Eastern (Zen) philosophy and Western (neuroscience) research and findings. Ian White claims only to be the marriage celebrant.