Fear of Dentists App, iPhone-based Therapist

If you have a phobia about going to the dentist, you could try Fear of Dentists phobia treatment, from Self-Study Apps, for the iPhone. The app converts your iPhone into a pocket-sized computer therapist.

The following video offers more information about the app, which claims to use "neuro-linguistic programming" to help you work with your fear.


(iPhone computer therapist)

Science fiction readers have had plenty of sessions with computer therapists. How many of these do you remember from your reading?

Consider Sigfrid von Shrink from Frederik Pohl's 1970 novel Gateway, Dr. Smile from Philip K. Dick's 1965 novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and finally take a look at a quote regarding the machine psychologists from James Blish's 1957 novel Cities in Flight:

"Dead though they are, the machines aren't ignorant of human psychology - far from it. They know very well that some students respond better to reward than punishment, and that others have to be driven by fear. The second kind is usually the less intelligent, and they know that, too; how could they not know it after so many generations of experience..."

Via MedGadget.

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