A note on the picture used in the header above: I was driving through a suburb of Melbourne in 1998 and could not believe my eyes when I saw this graffiti on a shop wall. It appeared that someone else had the same "feel imperative" that we do in Af-x. I took a picture of it. In 2007, nine years later, I returned to Melbourne, and there it was ... still there! I choose to think there is something about that message that said to folk, "leave it there". ... Priceless! ....Ian White
_"Thoughts are from the brain - Emotional feelings are from the mind."
_Af-x is a whole and wholesome blend of science, history and success.
For centuries, society has been fond of using the old Descartes saying, "I think; therefore I am". Modern affectologists and Af-x Therapists recognize this as being a deterrent to authentically successful emotional change. Neuroscientist - neurologist, Antonio R Damasio's book Descartes' Error, clearly points out that neuroscience today has reasoned that Descartes was wrong and that "I feel; therefore I am" is far more distinctive in its description of the human condition. This is echoed in all affectology teaching and the thrust of the book, Beat Depression the Drug Free Way: Getting Better by Breaking the Myths. In short, in the 21st century ... we overthink ourselves!
_You may have heard of the Eastern "Quiet Therapies." - most significantly are Morita, Naikan and Mindfulness approaches. Many hundreds of years of practice in Japan have made these approaches highly successful in the treatment of anxiety based 'shinkeishitsu' disorders (and the Japanese traditionally believe that ALL disorders are anxiety based).
In later years, Western science - specifically Affective Neuroscience - has cemented propositions that every human being lays down their emotional (affect) sub-personality in very early times in life - well before the emergence of speech and maturity of the cognitive (thought and word) conscious mind.
Affective Neuroscience has established that this early set of emotional reactions and learnings are carried over, in either subtle ways or directly, into adult person-hood. This being the case, then these emotional learnings (still existing in some way) have no means of adult analysis or verbal description, simply because they are technically known as "state-specific" (that is, that they exist today in the state in which they were learned - without words). This subconscious trace of early development creates an effect in adult life that is silent to us, unable to be described, yet has profound influence over our way of living, feeling, loving and reacting today to the world around us.
A twenty-year-development has seen the time-honored ways of quiet therapies merged with the understanding of affective neuroscience to produce a therapeutic approach that requires little to no talking and reporting, is respectful of your potential toward perfection, focuses on what's RIGHT with you rather than what's WRONG with you, and has been proved to be highly successful as a means to modify anxiety and emotional-based disorders.
_"Thoughts aren't feelings and feelings aren't thoughts".
_ At times I think and at times I am.
Paul Valery, philosopher
Paul Valery, philosopher