Dr. Elefant-Yanni - Redefining Healing : 3D Human Therapy Unveiled

Redefining Healing: Dr. Elefant-Yanni’s 3D Human Therapy Unveiled

During my many years of work in the field of mental health and private practice with therapy patients, I’ve developed a particular understanding of psychology and how to advance well-being. That’s how I’ve developed 3D Human Therapy©, a groundbreaking therapeutic approach designed to elevate your mental well-being by tapping into the intricate dimensions of the human experience. 

Imagine your affective life as a labyrinth, a complex web of feelings shaping every moment. In this journey, we unravel the depths of 3D Human Therapy. It’s a life-changing method designed to navigate the intricate landscape of your affective well-being. With my approach to therapy, we delve into the core of your feelings, offering a transformative journey that is effective and incredibly efficient compared to traditional psychotherapy.

Understanding Affect: The Fabric of Your Life

At the heart of 3D Human Therapy lies the concept of affect. Affects are the feelings that flow through us every 250 milliseconds, shaping the very fabric of our existence. Affect is three-dimensional, comprising bodily activation, bodily tension, and a proto-representation associated with visceral well-being or discomfort (or how we interpret an event). These dimensions form the basis of our moment-to-moment experiences, coloring our perceptions as either positive or negative.

Mood vs Emotion vs Affect

We often use mood, emotion, affect, and feelings interchangeably, but understanding their differences is crucial. Let’s break it down in simpler terms.

  • Your Mood Is Your State Of Mind: Think of mood as your prevailing state of mind over days or even months, impacting various aspects of your behavior.
  • Emotion is Intense And Short: Emotion is a brief, potent reaction involving your entire body in response to a significant event. It triggers rapid changes, demanding energy and leaving you with a sense of depletion. We have a few feelings in the duration of an emotion.
  • Affect is the Fabric of Your Life: Affect, or feeling, is a fleeting mental process lasting about 250 milliseconds. It represents the current tonality of your psyche – always present, fluctuating, and most of the time slipping into your unconscious.

To understand these concepts in more depth, explore these different sections:

Your Mood Is Your State Of Mind

Synonyms for mood are: state of mind, mental state, temperament, or temper.

In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used by psychologists and psychiatrists for establishing a diagnosis, mood is defined as a state with a duration of a few days or even months.

Mood expresses a pervasive and sustained affective tone that is endured internally, and that impacts nearly all aspects of a person’s behavior in the external world.

Emotions Are Intense And Short

An emotion is akin to a potent and momentary reaction involving the entire body in response to a profoundly meaningful event. It encompasses physiological and motor responses, such as facial expressions and vocalizations, along with a fleeting array of feelings throughout the experience. Despite the brevity, emotions trigger rapid changes and demand a notable energy expenditure, leaving one with a sense of depletion afterward.

Etymologically, the term “e-motion” literally means moving out externally. Interestingly, the concept of emotions as we understand them today didn’t exist before around 1830. Instead, people referred to feelings as passions, accidents of the soul, or moral sentiments. The concept of emotion underscores the outward expression of what deeply moves us internally, especially within our social groups.

Taking an evolutionary perspective, emotions emerged relatively late in the evolutionary timeline, particularly among primates. Shaped by natural selection, emotions played a crucial role in enhancing fitness—contributing to survival, threat detection, and decision-making.

This was particularly evident in the context of social communication, especially in the mother-infant relationship among primates. Mothers, for instance, tend to exaggerate their emotional expressions when communicating with their young, showcasing the practical utility of emotions in action. In essence, emotions can be seen as an amplification of feelings, benefiting the social cohesion of great apes.

It’s noteworthy that the understanding and significance of emotions are relative to the cultural values of a social group. What might be considered “losing face” doesn’t carry the same weight in Western societies today as it does in Asian societies, illustrating the cultural variability in the interpretation and importance of emotions.

Affect is the Fabric of Our Life

Feeling, or affect, can be seen as a fundamental and fleeting mental process that our consciousness can grasp in terms of valence, activation, and tension, as articulated by Wundt in 1896. It represents the current “qualia” or tonality of our psyche, a concept that opened up a new scientific realm detached from philosophy, known as psychology, thanks to Wundt’s pioneering work in introspection. These feelings are constantly present, fluctuating for reasons not always immediately clear, and often tend to slip into the background of our consciousness.

It’s worth noting that feelings may remain generally unconscious because they primarily exist in the present moment, a realm we don’t always have immediate access to. Only through a deliberate process of self-listening can we become aware of what we’ve just felt. The duration of these affect is approximately 250 milliseconds, as cognitive processing of information begins above this threshold. 

Interestingly, within the range of 100 to 200 milliseconds, we may perceive something, but our “head-brain” doesn’t have sufficient time to fully process the information. In contrast, our “gut-brain,” residing in our gut and boasting as many neurons as our head-brain, initiates a significant portion of the communication between these two brains. This gut feeling plays a crucial role in shaping our intuitive responses.

As I mentioned above, affect is three-dimensional, comprising bodily activation, bodily tension, and a proto-representation associated with visceral well-being or discomfort.

  • Bodily Activation: This dimension ranges from passive to active states, reflecting how our body responds to a given experience—whether it becomes more active or remains in a more relaxed state.
  • Bodily Tension: This dimension varies from slack to tense, indicating the level of physical tension or relaxation experienced in response to a situation.
  • Proto-representation: This aspect involves a visceral sense of well-being or discomfort. It’s a primitive, almost immediate way our mind categorizes an experience as either positive or negative, good or bad.

Essentially, proto-representation is the swift and basic way our body and mind evaluate an event, determining its emotional significance. It’s part of the rapid processing that occurs before we even consciously recognize our feelings, influencing our immediate reaction to the world around us.

Unlocking the Power of Breath and Meditation

As you now understand, our body and mind are intertwined. Therefore to impact our mental health, it is crucial to involve our physical body as well. 

That is why, my 3D Human Therapy revolves around the strategic use of physical tools, primarily focused on breathing and meditation. By honing in on these techniques, we address the three affect dimensions, liberating negative affects entangled with past traumas or lingering anger. The outcome is a profound release, allowing you to emancipate yourself from the shackles of outdated, problematic events.

When I studied meditation with monks in South Korea, I realized something that really made sense with the research I had conducted years before for my PhD. Modern psychology has made a mistake by looking at the mind as a separate entity from the body. It’s only by working holistically that we can make a lasting positive impact on a person’s mental health. 

That is why I want to share my method to help as many people as possible understand their functioning and increase their mental welfare. I take each new patient through what I call their well-being toolkit:

  • The 3 breaths
  • Meditation
  • Daily pleasures
  • Green walks

Accessing the Unconscious: The Gut-Brain Connection

3D Human Therapy uniquely engages with the unconscious processes of the gut-brain. Through intentional work on breathing, tension, and body activation, we unlock a pathway to physical well-being. This connection between the body and mind is pivotal. Feeling good in your skin is the cornerstone of feeling good in your head.

Efficiency Redefined: One Session a Week, Maximum Impact

What sets 3D Human Therapy apart is its efficiency. While traditional psychoanalysis often necessitates a demanding schedule of at least four sessions a week, my model offers profound results with just one weekly session. The consistency of your commitment to your well-being program amplifies the depth of your journey, providing a substantial and time-effective alternative.

Embark on this transformative experience with 3D Human Therapy, where the dimensions of your feelings converge to unlock a profound sense of well-being. Your path to liberation from the past begins with a single breath. Join me in shaping a brighter, emotionally empowered future.

Ready to embark on a transformative journey? Explore the power of 3D Human Therapy and take the first step towards liberating your emotions. Book your initial session today and embrace a future of emotional empowerment. Your path to well-being starts here.

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