Wow! Now THIS is a library!
The contents of this page are IMPERATIVE for participants of any affectology-based program. Please read carefully.
As you have gathered, if you have read the program's introduction, clinical affectology (and its derivatives) was born as a psychotherapy.This means that for the last (at least) twenty years, the greater percentage of affectology-based therapies have been done in clinical rooms on a one-to-one basis.
But there is a single important factor that you need to understand to allow any affectology programs to be as productive and successful for you as we all would wish.
That factor is "the more knowledge gained about the processes of the affect unconscious, the better for long-term success."
My message on this page is much more than a directive meant to establish any sort of educative hierarchy, and its importance bears explanation.
So as not to burden you with repetition, please go to the page devoted to Transderivational Search - TDS (if not already done) and return to this point when you've finished reading the material on that page, and we'll explain what the added importance is to this program.
I believe there is enough information about the importance and process of transderivational search in both the program itself and this site's TDS page to say no more about the mechanics of the process itself. I aim to discuss here, CONTEXT and ENGAGEMENT.
If you have ever attended psychotherapy, or in fact any therapeutic setting (in therapist rooms), then you'll understand that you enter into a certain expected and pre-ordained contextual arrangement with the therapist.
This means that you are ENGAGED - "right with" that person. If we were to tell it honestly, you would have some sort of imperative to stay with what was being said and the therapist/practitioner would be able to 'manage' the way in which that information delivery was being carried out.
It's now important to state the role that TDS has. We know that it is not only the spoken (auditory) word that is a vector (conveyor) for understanding the meaning of ideas, but that other sensory input activates TDS - in fact, ALL sensory input stimulates unconscious internal search for meaning. For instance, when you smell a smell, it is not the scent that holds meaning, it is the outcome of the unconscious scan through transderivational search that finds the already encoded data that recreates meaning for you.
This is true for the other senses as well. Touch, taste, sound and sight are the starting points that go on to create a transderivational search or scan that connects with the remembered information you hold at unconscious level. The taste of coconut can transport you immediately to Bali, but you're not physically there; you have been transported, by means of the scan that TDS automatically does, to the imprinted memory of sipping a coconut cocktail in Ubud.
Just as the air compressions and variances that make up the sound of a word uttered mean nothing unless TDS takes place, so it is with marks and squiggles on paper - or in our case, pixels on screen. What makes meaning for you as you read this line? Your unconscious is doing an immediate transderivational search in order for you to interpret the marks and give them internal (for you) meaning, just as it does to interpret the sounds that you hear when language is 'spoken'.
If we examine this, we can easily see that the process of reading the written word has a deeper significance than mere "interpretation." In order for the TDS scan to take place, there must be MEANING embedded in the unconscious memory banks. As we have seen with spoken language TDS, the process of reading words on paper requires TDS to bring meaning forward.
And just as the process of auditory TDS has significance in cementing new belief and understanding at unconscious level, then so it is with the written word. There is no option.
Meaning is always internally housed. Words, sounds, smells, have no meaning in and of themselves: they exist to bring about stimulation of what we have at unconscious level that defines "meaning."
In terms of what it may take for any person to make significant change at unconscious level, the process of TDS is a vital factor. But we have now seen that there lies great importance in your MATCHING of the clinical experience of "listening to words" with an equal focus on "reading the words on paper". To do otherwise - to skip carefully constructed text stages or parts thereof - would be to miss out on important and crucial information and realization.
And sometimes it's only the little things that make the big differences.
So, my caution goes far beyond any "instruction to do this, or else," but has attempted to explain just why you are best advised to undertake this program WHOLLY and with a focus on all information stages offered.
I repeat; "Sometimes it's the little things that make the big differences".