Monday, January 14, 2008

The Mood Gym

I stumbled upon the "Mood Gym", which promises to give you an emotional workout if you are feeling anxious or depressed. I thought I would play around with it for five minutes and write a pithy review here.

30 minutes into the thing I barely made a dent. Like a real gym, to get anything out of it apparently requires about a half hour of dedication over multiple sessions. But from one session, here are a few observations:

  • The basic principle of the system is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In this type of psychoanalysis, the effort is to "retrain" your mind to think differently, rather than delving into your past and all that Freudian stuff. What matters what you think moving forward, not what happened in your past.
  • The gym puts this concept as "WYTIWYF", or What You Think is What You Feel (a take-off of WYSIWYG). This is backwards from what most people believe, which is their thoughts are based on what their mood is, instead of the other way around.
  • The Gym comes out of the University of Australia, and seems mainly geared towards young adults, so some of the depressing situations it describes are breaking up with a boyfriend or failing a test versus getting laid off or losing a child.
From what I've seen it is fairly interesting and worth spending some time with you are prone to either anxiety or depression and want to look a little into CBT.

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