PaulsRobot Delivers Stress-Release Sessions

PaulsRobot will deliver a fully-personalized stress-release session to you whenever you want one. Stress Management is where you learn to live with it. Stress Release is where you get rid of it.

PaulsRobot uses three session procedures

This PaulsRobot-lite site uses only the three shown below. The full PaulsRobot3 site uses dozens, but is not mobile-friendly like this one.

Reach & Withdraw is the lightest possible approach to a hot topic.

On the Reach command, one simply intentionally directs one's attention — however lightly — to wherever in the topic it is being attracted.

On the Withdraw command, one intentionally removes one's attention — however slightly — from the topic to anything else, maybe the room or one's hand.

These steps repeat (Reach, Withdraw, Reach etc) for as long as appropriate.

The six directions here are above, below, to the right, to the left, in front, behind.

On each above/below/etc step, one simply tries to place the topic above/below/etc one's body as best one can. This is easy to do with an uncharged topic, but hard to do with a hot one.

These steps repeat Above ... Below ... Right ... Left ... Front ... Back ... Above ... etc for as long as appropriate.

Rogerian is talk therapy. One both says aloud and writes down a brief (2 minutes maximum) sentence or two about one's topic. One then summarises (not repeats!) what one has just written down. One then notes how one feels (if anything) about that.

One then repeats this with saying/writing another couple of sentences. Then a summary. Then how one feels about that part.

One then repeats this with saying/writing a further couple of sentences. Summary. Feelings.

Then one looks at how this is coming along. You have — among others — the options of continuing on in the same manner, or going back and revising what you have covered.

These steps repeat (Relate facts, summarise, relate feelings, repeat another 2x, how doing? etc) for as long as appropriate.

Rub & Yawn is incorporated into all three of these procedures. It helps a great deal with the discharge of the hot topic.

You can switch among these three procedures at any time in the session. For example, you might start with Reach & Withdraw for a few minutes, then go on to 6-direction for five minutes, then another two minutes of Reach & Withdraw and finally Rogerian for the rest of the session. Or you might do the whole session using Reach & Withdraw only. It's totally up to you.

Audio option

There are two options, audio or non-audio. The session pages have directions at the top, such as "Reach to your topic." If you are using a mobile it will save you lots of bandwidth to use the non-audio version. The two versions are exactly the same apart from the audio version including sound files and the word "AUDIO" in front of the direction at the top.

Essential information on PaulsRobot

Do read through all these points before going on.

Practitioner/client

PaulsRobot acts as the practitioner or coach and you are the client. There is no routine need for another person to be involved in the sessions, although you are very welcome to discuss it with your associates or friends. Who (without ever having tried it out) will probably tell you it's impossible or a joke and to stay away!

Normal people

PaulsRobot is designed to be used by a layman, someone who can understand and follow the instructions, with no specialised prior training or experience needed. It is not aimed at clinical cases or the dysfunctional, although pretty much anyone can learn to use the simple, language-free Rub & Yawn procedure that is used with the three techniques here and seems to be effective in many cases.

Can a Robot do effective counselling?

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so to speak. The idea tends to be so outlandish that few people would think the possibility even worth considering. But there are more factors than might come to mind at first. One significant point is that only a minority of the PaulsRobot procedures are of the "talk therapy" variety, and the majority depend for their effectiveness on more sophisticated procedures.

PaulsRobot has been online since August 2006. There are over 100 PaulsRobot/Rub & Yawn testimonials that you can read online. Many are on this PaulsRobot site you are reading now.

Robot counselling versus human counselling

There is a chart of 17 discussion topics (Robot versus humans in the navigation bar at the top of the page), covering such topics as cost, availability, effectiveness, confidentiality, and social acceptability (i.e., will anyone find out that you are seeking "therapy"?).

The chart compares PaulsRobot with not only a professional (human) counsellor, but also friends and family. Friends and family are usually the first port of call when looking for someone to tell one's troubles to, not a trained counsellor.

Two aspects to stress

1. The real-life situations, people and events that can be pressing in on you. Things like sour relationships, bad health, demands for money that you don't have, or an unpleasant environment at home, school or work.

2. Your reactions to these stressors. These can include unintended repeats of past reactions to events no longer present, what some people call "baggage."

PaulsRobot sessions address (2). If you discharge a ton of stress associated with an abusive childhood this will not change the past, but you should be able to look at those memories without feeling the hurt again.

You may not be able to get a new boss at work, but if you can permanently get rid of the baggage associated with a lifetime of bad working environments you are likely to find your current environment at work much easier to tolerate.