What is meant by "HYBRID RESULTS"?
If you look at this site's page Aims For Change, you can see that a fundamental goal - no; THE fundamental goal - of Af-x is to bring about the re-establishment of a comfortable and perfect relationship with yourself. Many approaches talk about "loving yourself", but none are focused on this establishment of perfection of self-appreciation quite like Af-x is. The difference, while seeming trite and minor, is actually huge.
Humans operate on two distinctly different levels of mind operation. To draw exact demarcations to these two levels is always dangerous, and in fact impossible, but it can be said that we fundamentally tend - in our modern version of humans, anyway - to operate predominantly out of our conscious, willful, rational mind. Almost everybody deems this to be the 'only mind' from which to operate and seems to be 'in control'. So, most programs tend to maintain that if you can say "I love and respect myself" and think you mean it, then it will be so. In Af-x, we consider this action to be a wonderfully tricky way for the mind to avoid the deeper requirement, and aim for this self-appreciation to become a deep feeling construct.
Af-x is concerned with the dynamics of the unconscious affect (feeling) mind. We know that people can make all sorts of success claims to themselves and others, but at a deeper level, nothing has changed. From this nuclear, essential emotional level of themselves, all the old scripts and silent feeling dynamics are still working along to disrupt the things we wish to achieve in adult life.
You're read from other pages here that Af-x is a particularized approach and is directed only and uniquely toward that silent, affect, preverbal level of the unconscious. Let's look at some results and outcomes that do not necessarily 'fit' the more common scenario of psychotherapy.
If you've visited other pages of this site, you've seen that one of the strictly observed 'totemic issues' or 'signatures' of Af-x is that it is important to NOT report to the therapist (1) current symptoms or issues, or (2) any autobiographical reports about remembered life incidences or status. The process is 'mind over chatter' and the unconscious 'responsibility dynamic' is kept within. It is for this reason that we use the word "outcomes" because we can only report on findings that result from our ESR questionnaire results at a time some months after treatment.
Af-x was originally structured as a psychotherapy, focusing on mental-emotional subconscious dynamics and issues. So in earlier years, it was taken for granted by therapists and clients alike, that Af-x was useful only for symptom issues such as stress, anger, depression, confidence-lack, and the range of problems for which people might ordinarily seek psychological help.
As time went by, we were struck by just how many reports came back through ESRs that showed that the Af-x process extended beyond what we thought were its efficacy borders. Statements that noted changes in 'Af-x-graduate' experience as a result of the Af-x process that quoted "vastly different attitude to my life", "much better relationship with my family and workers under me", and "far better sets of choices in executive decision-making" were becoming far more usual.
What happens here? Where do these sorts of realizations of general life improvement come from? In Af-x terms, they are the result of a nuclear affect mind finding the FREEDOM to operate and react to life's situations in a way that clearly indicates that the aims of Af-x have been brought about - and that is, that the stakeholder (in this case, Af-x graduate) has arrived at a point in their emotional/affect life where that essential "OK-ness with self" on a deep level has been found.
So, while it may be said that Af-x is a psychotherapy that is 'aimed at' symptom alleviation, in truth, it has been shown by ESR outcomes that the result of a better unconscious self-relationship can most often range across our whole of life's activities and experience.
If we are to try to compartmentalize life experience, we could say that in terms of the Af-x influence on the subconscious, there can be two broad aspects of Af-x outcomes:
1. alleviation of mental-emotional symptom-reportable problems (Emotional Healing)
2. significant change to broader-life performance and attitude (Executive* Change).
* In this instance, "Executive" refers to the dynamic of
the mind controlling everyday action, as in definition;
"having the function or purpose of executing and
carrying plans, orders, etc., into practical effect."
Taking these two Af-x outcomes into consideration (and there are, of course, more) we can say that Af-x has a Hybrid Outcome Reach. So, if you are an executive management person who is aware of some maladaptions in your decision-making and/or work relationship life, yet feel there are no psychological issues at play, Af-x is still for you.
If you are a sportsperson or any other performer whose "game" seems not to be up to scratch, you know you can do better but just can't reach that freeing up, and believe there are no psychological issues at play, Af-x can definitely be for you.
If you are a person who is concerned that you are too controllable (and perhaps currently too controlled) by other individuals, systems, social dynamics or perhaps political mythology, and you feel you could "unlock the inner slave and be free", then Af-x is for you.