Woebot – a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Chatbot

There’s a relatively new app out there called Woebot (available for Android and Apple). It’s an artificial intelligence chatbot that delivers cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, for anxiety, depression, among other things… and it’s impressive just for the AI experience alone! Don’t settle for my opinion on that, though. Look at how two million messages are sent to it each week. Also, if you want to have an idea of how engaging it is, listen from about the 9:30 mark in the podcast below. The podcast had to act it out in the role of the bartender because the chatbot is just text right now. Finally, maybe just download it and give it a try!

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My Personality Assessment Now Available as an iOS App!

personality-assessment-appI’m very delighted to share the news that my Personality Assessment based on work by Jung, Myers, Briggs and Keirsey

is now available as a free iOS app in the iTunes App Store!

A huge thank you to Shawn Seymour, a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris, for creating the app for free so you all can use it for free!

Since it was his project and app, I pretty left it all to him and he did a fantastic job!

  • The design is simple and elegant.
  • The colour scheme is beautiful.
  • He kept the text short and simple.
  • He even randomized the questions which I had wanted to do but could not easily do in my Excel version!

I am just delighted with out it turned out, but I shouldn’t be surprised given what else Shawn Seymour has done as seen on his site.

I’ve been wanting to turn my test into an app for a few years now seeing where the tech interface of choice was going. However, I couldn’t find a good app programming course / diploma in my area so I’m very happy Shawn was able to do this for me, and made it freely available for everyone when I asked him to do so.

Please tell others about the app if they can access it, or if the Excel format had stopped you from being able to try it before.

Thank you VERY much, Shawn! 🙂

Try Keeping a Memory of the Day (MOD) Journal

I had an idea today that I am very excited about trying. Just 11 days into this year, every single day has had at least one thing rather memorable for me. I’m not going to be able to remember it all, or at least all at once, in the long run, so I thought I’d do a journal where I decide on a Memory of the Day or MOD for each day.

With it, I’ll also record “candidates” vying for each day’s title, meaning other things memorable, no matter how big or small. A candidate today that won’t win is my coming across coconut bread on sale while impromptu grocery shopping with time to spare between events. I had never eaten coconut bread before so I figured a $2 risk was worth taking to try it. It’s quite good! Small life changer there that if I ever come across it again, I’ll definitely buy it!

News of David Bowie’s passing will probably take the title today, though. The memories don’t always have to be good, though news of his passing led to a lot of happy times recollection about his music, character and influence in my world today. Bad memories might not seem pleasant to document, but for me, if there are enough of them in a row, I’m going to work that much harder to make sure the next MOD ain’t gonna be one of those bad memories. That’s just who I am as a person.

I realize not everyone can document a lot of bad moments in their lives with positive impact, so this idea isn’t for everyone. However, I think there’s enough merit in it for everyone to at least try to know. It certainly has never been easier with apps rather than something like a word processing document that is cumbersome to handle some nice, but rather limited, formatting you might want in a journal.

Now all I need to decide is which app to use for this that is iOS, Android and Web compatible. I have an iPhone with an Android tablet for reasons forced on to me by life, and I like the idea of a Web backup like GoogleDrive. Flava and Penzu seem to be my choices, with links provided being to one set of reviews, but neither seem ideal. Penzu requires paying for some features I want, whereas Flava seems to have taken off their Chrome extension. Their own website’s link to the Chrome store is broken and I can’t find it in there. It’s quite nice otherwise. As a result, I’m also going to try Journey and see if their quirks like only one photo per page and no videos have been eliminated.

I get the feeling my MOD 2016 book is going to be quite a read by the end of the year! Or at least I’m gonna do my darnest to make it so!

Good luck if you try it yourself!