Healthy Mind Habits

My friend, Gina Pera, just told me about this game. She’d heard about it on NPR. It’s called Mind Habits Self Esteem Booster. The following is an explanation from the website of what it’s all about:

Psychological research has shown that daily stress and feelings of insecurity are in large part due to the anxiety of wanting to be liked, accepted and respected by one’s peers and significant others.

Fear of rejection can make us overlook positive signals from others and only see signs of disapproval. This inclination, or MindHabit, to zero in on the negative, heightens our feelings of insecurity and anxiety – making daily interactions increasingly and more frequently stressful. MindHabits Booster teaches individuals to ignore hostile information by finding the friendly face in a crowd of frowning people. The game allows players to practice downplaying rejection in and non-threatening environment. This software demonstrates the game, for entertainment and educational purposes.

Although the research conducted on this topic thus far is promising, we can make absolutely no claims about the effectiveness of these games for helping any particular individual deal with any particular issue or problem. For treatment of psychological problems, please consult a qualified mental health professional.

To read some of the published research, click here.

There is a free online version of the game available here.

If you want to buy and download the fully featured version for $20, you can get that here.

I’m looking forward to playing more of it. Hope my scores improve! Hope you enjoy it too. Let me know if it makes a difference for you.

Rock the SAT

A friend just sent me this:

P.S. More and more I see ADD strategies being mainlined to the public without being labeled as “ADD”. Here’s a link to an NPR story about using music to study for the SATs…

It’s a story about a new system for studying the SATs using music: Rock the SAT. They wrote songs to help you memorize vocabulary for the SAT. Check it out.