Top ten psychology apps

IMG_5986It can be a conversation killer to tell people you’re a psychologist. “Do you go round analysing people?” is a common response. “Are you reading my mind?” is another. Psychology is very people focused. It’s all about us: why we do things, who we are, what we think and feel and how our minds, brains and bodies interact. While this can be disconcerting if you think someone is reading your mind (we’re really not, we’re too busy worrying about our own), there is something intriguing about reflecting on our own and others’ motivations. Most people like the idea of some evidence-based advice on how to lead a happier or better life, and psychology can provide this.

There are loads of apps that claim to use psychological principles to increase wellbeing in some way, encouraging you to keep track of your mood, to manage worry, to influence what you dream about … all sorts. There are others that don’t sell themselves as psychology but draw on psychological principles. Can an app really distil something useful from psychological research and plug you into some life-influencing wisdom? I think some of them can and I review ten of the best here for Observer Tech Monthly.

2 thoughts on “Top ten psychology apps

  1. Phil Topham

    I wondered whether anyone would like to have a look at SAM, the self-help app for mild to moderate anxiety that we have developed at UWE Bristol. This link to a recent press release gives the background and app store links; it seems to well-received by users. Comments and suggestions gratefully received!
    An evaluation of SAM’s integration in to counselling service delivery is just starting at UWE. We would be interested in hearing from colleagues and organisations who might be interested in partnering its further development and clinical evaluation.


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