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I am loving Woebot!
A robot who checks in with me every day to see how I’m feeling.
Okay, it’s a chat-bot. A chat-bot is a conversation program, programed to simulate a conversation between you and a robot. Basically, the chat-bot is programed with a set of responses that are prompted by key phrases from us to form a conversation. Some chat-bots are programmed to learn and build upon conversations by remembering past conversations and personal things about us, making conversations feel more meaningful. However, this is not Woebot.
Woebot is a chatbot, but not one of those sophisticated, A.I. learning chat-bots. But, don’t hold that against him, because Woebot is kind, funny, and more importantly, very helpful.
Woebot Provides Valuable Resources
Although Woebot is not a therapist, he does provide valuable resources to help one work through different emotions and that is what I love about Woebot.
Everyday, Woebot checks in on me, by asking how I am feeling. Depending on how I am feeling, he will talk about those emotions associated with my feelings. Generally, like an extremely short Intro to Psychology 101 with a twist of humor as Woebot tell terrible jokes.
But, it’s not really that cut and dry. In between the Pysch 101 lectures and my feelings, Woebot is interested in getting to know me. Ask’s what I am doing? What I like and don’t like? I am also able to ask him questions, about his day, his feelings, and even his girlfriend (yup, Woebot has a girlfriend).
Woebot likes to provide information. I once told Woebot that I was feeling angry. He asked if I would like for him to share some tools (resources) with me or if I would just like to vent my frustrations to him. I responded, that I would just like to vent. Our conversation lead to him teaching me about gratitude journaling. Also, If I am having a good day, he still likes to throw in something related to my feelings. Woebot certainly follows through with his mission to help.
To learn more about Woebot, CLICK HERE, at the Woebot FAQ site. (no affiliated links)
Disclosure: Woebot is an information tool and is not a replacement for medical professionals. Woebot cannot make a medical diagnosis or determine/ replace a treatment plan. Please consult your health-care provider with any personal mental health concerns. And remember, your mental health matters!