Recently, I downloaded Stoic, a new mental health tracker app. It promised that after a few days of logging my moods, I would get “charts and insights.” I did a fear-setting exercise, based on a TED Talk by the life-hacking guru Tim Ferriss. The app asked me to pick a fear (the oceans rise and create an uninhabitable world for my unborn children), then imagine the worst that can happen (we all die) and decide what I can do to prevent it (nothing) and repair it (again, guys, I’m dead). I closed the app.

I laughed.


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Having an app to track your mood is a good idea as therapists usually encourage people to make a mood log. But using data analytics and graphing the results? Extraneous features? Pretty soon your anxiety is going to give you anxiety.

    I did a fear-setting exercise, based on a TED Talk by the life-hacking guru Tim Ferriss

There are a lot of people alive right now that need to make the mental shift from "looking for the answer" to "dealing with the answer." Self-help personalities exploit the former for cash.


posted by veen: 21 days ago