‘Affectivity is the source of our zest for life, our courage to face life, our life force, our joy of life & our art of life’.
* Roy J.B. Noordhoek

‘Becoming human, being human with your fellows, and staying human is the essence of the art of life’.
* Roy J.B. Noordhoek

‘Happerceptive Sensitivity enables us to exist in our environment, while consciously sensing, with or without tactile contact’.
* Roy J.B. Noordhoek

‘Human affectivity and human love exist trough the subtile spatial interaction process of Human Spirits between the nervous systems of people who interact with each other in their physical proximity’.
* Roy J.B. Noordhoek

‘Children whose affective foundation has regularly been touched by pure, affective psycho-tactile-contact of healthy and loving parents, have been confirmed in their Existence and Being by this’.
* Roy J.B. Noordhoek

‘You can only understand the rational, logical and scientific essence of Haptonomy when you have felt the pure affective psycho-tactile-contact in the very core of your being’.
* Roy J.B. Noordhoek


What is Haptonomy?

The Dutch founder of Haptonomy, Frans Veldman Sr. (Vlissingen, 6 September 1921 – Oms, 25 Januari 2015) defines Haptonomy as: ‘the science of affectivity’.

The name Haptonomy is derived from the Greek hapto: touch, feeling, emotional experience, stroke and from the Greek nomos: law, rule, norm.
It is the science of the affective life, of the human love wich studies the phenomena, specific to the affective contacts of human relationships.
It can be applied throughout life, from conception to death.
The essential aim of Haptonomy is to support  and stimulate life satisfaction and to represent human dignity. It has a eudaemonic character. Eudaemonism is the moral teaching in which happiness is the aim of the action.

People, who have been trained in Haptonomy at the Scientific Institute of Haptonomy, have developed their happerception and happerceptive sensitivity optimally. The have integrated this affective value in their individual existence and in their specific profession.
Because of this, they radiate this affectivity selfless through the unique individual Spiritual Field.
The unique individual Spiritual Field wich every human on earth radiates from the Solar Plexus represents our affective, mental and somatic health. The higher the quality of this individual Spiritual Field, the happier people are to share their environment with others, to touch each other without self-interest and to be in psycho-tactile-contact with each other.
People who have optimally developed and integrated their affective ways of Being in their personal human-being, radiate this affectivity without any self-interest whatsoever, while carrying out their specific profession such as a doctor, psychologist, teacher, physiotherapist, midwife, social worker, etc.
These people’s work is haptonomically based.

Haptonomy: appeal and answer

Haptonomie is a contemporary development within human science wich assumes a distinct place, having been conceived for the future of mankind. It takes its place at the root – the raison d’être – of human existence where it provides nourishing elements that can lead a person to develop his/her affective ability.
Haptonomie does not represent a specific method, technique, model or doctrine and is definitely no ‘ideology’. Nor does its methods of applications represent an ‘alternative’ form of healing of treatment or does it belong to the so-called ‘soft sector’ of aid. On the contrary!
Haptonomie is a concrete human science, which uses reproducible, controllable and verifiable evidence, inherent to rational-realistic human capabilities. It is used on characteristic and evident opportunities for people to meet and have contact. Opportunities that are under increasing threat and may perish in a through and through materialistic, soul destroying technocracy with, characterized by polarization, discrimination, terror and violence, increasingly takes on the character of a regime that is actually degrading to humans.
In its approach to humans, Haptonomy appeals to human capabilities wich have remained stunted, under-developed under the influence of this society, have not even begun to develop, but have atrophied or hardened. Capabilities given to the seed of every human being, but wich require a meaningful offering of positive stimuli to unfold.
Haptonomy shows the way to developing these capabilities so as to access them freely and integrate them within an individual existence.
In a way Haptonomy, with its practical implementation and possible uses, is a guide that lets us unlock the way to a truly autonomous, self-responsible human state of Being wich is substantiated by its evident phenomenality.

Affectivity versus effectivity in haptonomic vocabulary

Affectivity is a form of contact with gives meaning to human existence as a whole and reveals a genuine human way of Being. Affectivity makes haptic encounters possible. It is appropriate to let Haptonomy be experienced according to its typical definition (wich refers to the type and content of contact feelings and affective experiences) and Being in an affective state wich allows the individual to open up and approach the other person in a matter than can be described as receptive, sincere, frank, without pretence, unconditional and non-judgmental.
It includes all affective elements that determine human life in society, in the family and between friends: feelings, sensations, passions, emotions, tenderness, mood, character, temper, frame of mind and their inherent attitudes, behaviors and actions, perceived from etnologic, ethologic, psychologic, neurologic and phenomenological standpoints.
Affectivity forms the essence of Man.
The word id derived from the Latin word efficere: to make, produce, undertake.
Being focused on the consequences of the concrete effects of a production. It is the area of purpose, benefit and profit.
Institutional economies of scale is a clear example of effectivity.
The more effective a school, a health care facility, a commercial business, a country or a Union of States such as the EU is managed, the greater a price is paid  in terms of human affectivity. In terms of Haptonomy, effectivity and affectivity are opposites. They exclude each other. In the long term effectivity kills human affectivity and is therefore per definition not efficient but pathogenic.

Happerception en happerceptive sensitivity

The word happerception is a combination of the word hapsis and perception: perceiving outside oneself.
Specific perception, fundamental essential human capacity (connected to consciousness and reason); sensing, perceiving due to haptic abilities, to feel, being able to tender outside oneself with or without direct tactile contact.
Happerception enables us to feel through life with an attitude of anticipation. It forms the basis and is the essence of harmoniously integrated hapsis.
In terms of its capacity for discernment, it reaches further than perception and apperception. It is being present supported by an attentive and sentimental engagement.

By happerceptive sensitivity is understood: the natural human ability to exist in its environment while consciously sensing, with or without tactile contact.
Good mental health is per se and per definition required for happerceptive ability to develop fully, revealing harmonic mental well-being.

Ways of Existence and Ways of Being

Four existential ways of life can be distinguished in the way humans represent themselves in the world. These are expressed as two limited Ways of Existence and two unlimited Ways of Being.
Let it be clear that Being represents a higher quality of life than Existing.

There are two more or less limited Ways of Exiting and two unlimited Ways of Being that are characteristic as development stages associated with affective and psychic maturing and self-empowerment.
In our current rational-effective culture, Man does not generally progress beyond the first stage. He gets stuck in one of the two first stages of limited Existence.

The word Extentus (Latin: extendere: to extend, stretch, (self-)develop, (re-)present himself, assume (his) place.
It is the way that Man gives himself a position, assumes his place, from the moment he presents himself to the world, reveals his Being to the world.

These four stages are distinguisted and known as:

Limited Ways of Existence:

  • a: The Extentus Insensus (limited Consciousness)
    The Extentus Insensus represents a limited way of existence, based on the natural instinct to life- and self-preservation led by the urge to self-realisation, self-protection and self-maintenance.
  • b: The Extentus Rationalis (Limited Consciousness)
    The Extentus Rationalist represents the limited Way of Existence in wich Man, by having specific – basic – haptonomic representational abilities at his disposal, has learnt to transcend the Extentus Insensus and has aquired a certain expansion of his boundaries, making it possible to function in a self-conscious and autonomous manner – assertivily – during the human communicative interactions in the social lift in the community

Unlimited Ways of Existence:

  • c: The Extentus Affectus (unlimited Consciousness)
    The Extentus Affectus is the open and transparant unlimited Way of Being of affectivity. The Way of Being of the affectivily validated, unlimited, mentally healthy human being. The affective human.
    d: The Extentus Consensus (unlimited Consciousness)
    The Extentus Consensus unfolds an affective Way of Being – based on the Extentus Affectus – wich is distinguished by a co-existential, communicative and connected, consensory togetherness. A shared life in harmony, characterized by the Consensus Haptonomicus.

When people unlimited themselves from a limited Way of Existing and pass into a unlimited Way of Being (unlimited Consciousness) Religious Spiritual Mystical Experiences (RSMEs) can occur.
These RSMEs do not occur in every person who develops Happerceptive Sensitivity – sensory consciousness – and they are generally of a transistory nature.

Affective deprivation

Lacking, withholding, depriving, neglecting, taking away, seizing and stealing away love is known as affective deprivation. Affective deprivation is a global affective condition with occurs in all civilizations, culture, and in alle socio-economic classes.

Possible applications of haptonomy

  • Haptonomic pre- and post-natal counseling of parents and their child
  • Hapto-obstetrics
  • Hapto-childcare
  • Hapto-psychotherapy
  • Hapto-analysis
  • Hapto-psychotheraphy and Haptopedagogy
  • Haptosynesy
  • Haptonomic counselling of the elderly and dying
  • Clinical Kinesionomy

The P.T.P. principle

The P.T.P. principle implies that a representing human applies the haptonomic approach, satisfies the pre-condition that his personal presentation – the manner in which he carries himself during an encounter – unfolds through an optimal presence including:

1) presentation, being uninhibited as well as clear, reliable, honest and sincere
2) transparency, having clear and transparant behavior during the encounter, without pretension, and without ulterior motives
3) prudence, showing respect, caution and care

Haptonomy versus valorisation

Perhaps you are wondering why it is not possible to study Haptonomy, the science of affectivity in our universities?

Our universities have aan effective economy of scale wich by far exceeds personal measures. The high stress related absenteeism of the personnel, the large number of students suffering from stress, burn-out and mental conditions is telling. There are waiting lists for students who want to go to a psychologist and psychologists are already speaking of a ‘lost generation’.
In order to let the affective abilities of Haptonomy students develop optimally, a small-scale safe environment is an absolute pre-requisite.

Our doctorate factories handle a culture of cost-benefit thinking. All faculties are expected to covert their knowledge into commercially viable products, processes or services. That means that all effective sciences serve an interest.
Haptonomie is the only science with selflessness at its core. The essence of human love is its selflessness after all. That is why human love cannot be valorized for twisted financial gain.

In our academic learning factories, students receive a one-sited conditioning in rationality, effectivity, calculating, valorising, economics and materialism.
At the core of Haptonomy, is the development of our human Being skills such as affectivity, authenticity, imagination, truth seeking, wisdom, ethics and selflessness.

It is not effectivity but our human affectivity that shapes our fundamental existential existence. It is not effectivity but our human affectivity that is the source of our zest for life, our courage to face life, our life force and our art of life. It is not effectivity but our human affectivity wich enables people to live together peacefully and work together constructively. Because it is not effectivity but our human affectivity with is the foundation of our human civilization.

The Scientific Institute of Haptonomy

Students can be schooled in authentic Haptonomy at the Scientific Institute of Haptonomy (Wetenschappelijk Instituut voor Haptonomie).
On the website of the Scientific Institute of Haptonomy – – you can also find a list of addresses for people seeking a haptonomic practitioner mentor and/or prenatal coaching.


 Science of Affectivity