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  1. Reasonable

    Reasonable Silver Meritorious Patron

    That was the worst string band I ever heard. It reminded me of me in high school.
    Is that from 1972? But it couldn't be they didn't even have video.

    It reminded me of Dan Akyroid "really bad theater" from Saturday Noght Live
  2. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    I agree.

  3. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    The new SpotAnAngel is now available from the downloads page at PaulsRobot3. It's 40 MB.

    By all means take a peek online, but if you want to run it properly do download it, as there are likely to be severe latency issues with the audio. Some of the command mp3s run to 250KB.

    As usual, my suggestion re the download is to download the latest "All to date" zip file and overwrite whatever you had before. It's about 100 MB now. I am continually making small adjustments here and there to previous modules, and occasionally adding new pages like FAQ2 and the RTFM quiz to the basic 1st folder.


  4. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    NotTooShabbyPower is now part of PaulsRobot3. The zip file is 18 MB. I have updated the AllToDate zip file too and it now runs to about 120MB. You can get them from the PaulsRobot3 downloads page.

    NotTooShabbyPower contains the 14 Rising Scale pairs and another 64 pairs besides. The idea is to alternately get the idea of the low-scale item and then "shift that idea as high as you can" towards the high-scale item. It works far better if you spend a few minutes grooving them in first, i.e. working out real-life examples of how the item pair applies to your own life. After a while, assuming the items discharge, it tends to become impossible to get an idea of the low-scale item any more. This phenomenon has been called "merging of polarities," although what that exactly means I don't know.

    Some example pairs are:

    Rising Scale: Survives/Dead, Right/Wrong, Win/Lose
    Full list: Infinite energy/No energy, Brilliant/Dull, Laid back/Uptight.


    The next module is called "Rog" and should be out in a week or so.

  5. Hatshepsut

    Hatshepsut Crusader

    Just went into your site. Hand't checked it in a while. My God you're dedicated. :thumbsup:
  6. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Clearing the planet single-handed is hard work! :biggrin:

  7. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Rog is now online at PaulsRobot3.

    The module itself is available for download from the usual downloads page, and the latest "All to Date" zip file should be available in an hour or so. It is currently uploading at the vast speed of about 20 KB/S, and since it's 120 MB it will take a while. Fortunately most downloads are much faster than that.

    What is Rog? Rogerian Therapy is a regular counselling modality, imported into PaulsRobot3 from its sister RoboCounsellor site. This client-Robot version is designed to hew as closely as possible to the client-practitioner original, although obviously a few changes needed to be made to fit it into the PaulsRobot paradigm.

    Rogerian Therapy is a basic talk therapy. The client gets to talk about her topic while the practitioner listens attentively, then the practitioner reflects back the essence of what the client has just said, both the factual content and the emotional.

    This procedure is most effective for heavier topics, and not for routine annoyances. This Rog module is one of two ways of addressing the heaviest topics. The other way is to gently address the topic with Reach & Withdraw, as available in the Core or HeavyDuty modules.

    Rogerian therapy is very simple. The basic attitude of the counsellor to the client as described in Carl Rogers' three core conditions (genuineness, unconditional acceptance, empathy) is central to many other counselling approaches. Of course a computer application is not human. However, somewhat surprisingly, these core conditions do have their counterparts in robocounselling.

    Genuineness is the quality of the counsellor being real, transparent, and not trying to hide any of his personal thoughts or feelings from the client. The client expects (and gets) no personal reaction at all to her from Rog, good or bad, whatever she says or however she acts.

    Unconditional acceptance
    Similarly, the client cannot possibly pick up any criticism or hint of disapproval or lack of acceptance, as Rog is not a human being and the responses will always be neutral in tone.

    Lastly, of course Rog cannot feel with the client and see life from her internal frame of reference. However, the main reason for this empathy in a conventional session is so that the counsellor can reflect back the client's topic, in summarised form, both as to factual content and emotional content. And in this way the client is given perhaps a different view on her topic, and from this is able to see it more clearly.

    If the client follows the procedure used in this module properly, she will continually get to review the details of her topic afresh, accomplishing the same goal.

    There are obviously many aspects of human counselling missing from this automated approach. But there are many advantages too, including cost and convenience. Overall, Rog is really not bad at all, and much better at the job than you might at first think.


    Next will be something completely different. Not sure when. But it will interesting. :)

  8. Hatshepsut

    Hatshepsut Crusader

    Thanks. I tried to download the module last year and I must've unzipped it wrong. It started to hang and I aborted my attempt to take it from the desktop to the drive. I am a little nervous about such things.
  9. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Try again. :)

    There are no executable programs in those zip files, but only regular web pages, some images, mp3 audio files, a few text files, and a spreadsheet showing all the files in normal Excel and OpenOffice format.

    Best is to download the latest (3/18) "All to Date" one, which contains everything up to yesterday in one zip file (120 MB). It is an exact copy of the online PaulsRobot3 site as of last night.

  10. Hatshepsut

    Hatshepsut Crusader

    Ok.... will try again when I get back to my desktop. Thanks Paul.
  11. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    The Ruds/L1C module has now been added to PaulsRobot3. It's 19 MB. The updated AllToDate zip file and the new Ruds zip file are available from the downloads page, as usual.

    This one is nowhere near ready yet, sorry. But it is very interesting!

  12. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

  13. Hatshepsut

    Hatshepsut Crusader

    Interesting. I jumped around in the vid a bit. All that yawning put me out some.
    I tried the voice commands with rising scale processing. Who'd a thought?
  14. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    That's what a real Rub & Yawn session is meant to be like. The yawns were actually genuine, although the topic was fake. I think they were just what I call "residual yawns" coming off.

    You can do Rub & Yawn without having your attention on anything in particular, and you'll get some yawns (or other discharge) off. I look on it as a normal energy-exchange function, like flushing the toilet and replacing "bad" energy with a fresh new supply. If you are doing something active this energy exchange will occur in the normal course of life, but if you just sit on your butt most of the day (like me) it can build up.

    It's a bit of a dirty secret in the Rub & Yawn club, that it's not actually one's hot topic that is necessarily discharging to begin with. It's not exactly false, in that a genuine energy exchange is going on and one feels better after it, but it is false to assign that beginning discharge exclusively to whatever topic one has in mind.

  15. RogerB

    RogerB Crusader

    Very nice! :yes: :clap:

  16. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    I have added ExpARCSW (Expanded ARC Straightwire) to PaulsRobot3. It is available from the usual place.

    I have discontinued updating the individual module zip files. The latest AllToDate zip file (2012-04-12), now weighing in at 145 MB, contains all the updates and latest tweaks.

    I have also added a "scn" folder, mainly to act as a container for modules like ruds and exparcsw. But it also contains a few individual pages like a small Scn FAQ and a small Scn glossary.

  17. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Psycho is the latest addition to PaulsRobot3. It is an import from RoboCounsellor, and spruced up a bit. The updated zip file is available from the usual place.

    Main page:

    Psycho is short for Tabletop Psychodrama, adapted from the conventional Psychodrama developed by Jacob L. Moreno in the 1930s and 40s. There is a stage, often simply a table and chairs. There is a director/therapist and a hero and villain, with a supporting cast and an audience. The client would usually play the part of the hero, the drama being some issue in her past, present or future life she wishes to work on. Other people play the other roles. In this way, hidden thoughts and feelings are brought to the surface and often expressed, and catharsis — a release of feeling — can occur. Later analysis can help bring about a change in thinking and feeling about the issue explored.

    This conventional Psychodrama therapy can be very effective. But one big problem with having other people play the supporting roles is that they tend to inject things into the scene that do not fit with the client's view of what took place or should have taken place, and the resulting protest in the client (often unvoiced) can overshadow the therapeutic value of the re-enactment. Similarly, the therapist's evaluations can be off the mark. This PaulsRobot version strives to get the best of both worlds.

    When I was putting it together at the end of 2009 I gave myself a session following its protocols. Wowser! It was quite something, definitely one of the more powerful modules at PaulsRobot3. I found I got very much sucked into the incident I was addressing and it really came alive for me, which I wasn't really expecting at all.

    Soon after I had put it online back then I got a phone call from a professional Psychodrama guy [Ph.D., M.A., B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E., Dip. Dth., Dip. Psychd. Dramatherapist, SRAsT (D), (HPC reg.), Psychodrama Psychotherapist (UKCP reg.) Supervisor, Senior Trainer] in England, and we had a nice chat for an hour. He said this getting sucked into the incident was quite routine.

    Anyway, don't say you weren't warned. :biggrin:

    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012
  18. GreyLensman

    GreyLensman Silver Meritorious Patron

    Thank you for this work, Paul. It's much appreciated.
    I've preserved it in the cloud as well as archived a copy or two.
  19. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

  20. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire