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Merrier uses researced and supported psychological techniques to aid you in overcoming your worries. Here we explain them!
CBT is a form of therapy that focuses on how our thoughts and beliefs affect our feelings and behavior.
Negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause us distress. When we’re in mental distress, the way in which we interpret situations becomes skewed. We start to imagine the situation as being much worse than it actually is.
CBT involves recognizing these faulty thoughts and proving them wrong. Instead of fearing and avoiding certain situations, you face them head on. With time, your thoughts and beliefs on the situation become more positive and realistic. It no longer worries you!
The effectiveness of CBT for a range of psychiatrical disorders
Butler, A.C., Chapman, J.E., Forman, E.M., & Beck, A.T. (2006). The empirical status of cognitive-behavioral therapy: A review of meta-analyses. Clinical Psychology Review, 26(1), 17-31.
CBT’s effectiveness compared to other therapies, especially for anxiety and depression
Tolin, D.F., Is cognitive-behavioral therapy more effective than other therapies? A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review 2010; 30(6): 710-720
Merrier gets you to set quests based on your worries. You’re asked to give a description and initial difficulty rating. When you complete a quest, you’re asked to rate it again.
You’re able to view all your completed quests. They’re a record of your thoughts and experience. Over time, you'll see your progress and your improved ability in facing your worries!
Negative reinforcement means strengthening a behavior by avoiding a negative outcome. When something makes us feel anxious, we tend to avoid it. However, the more you avoid something, the less opportunity there is to learn that the situation is not as bad as feared. You’re confirming that it’s something to be afraid of. Thus, the anxiety is strengthened.
Positive reinforcement is strengthening a behavior by providing a consequence to that behavior that we find rewarding. For example, being given praise for your work. You're more likely to repeat that behavior.
If you’re rewarded for facing your fears, you’re more likely to face more fears!
By setting a fear as a quest, you’re going out and facing it instead of avoiding it. Just by doing this, you’re not giving pesky negative reinforcement a chance to take hold!
When you complete quests and reach milestones, you’re rewarded with coins and trophies, and enjoy moving along your map. Progress becomes addictive.
Internet-based CBT is on a rise. It has been found to be just as effective as face-to-face CBT, and in some cases even better. This is because:
Games are also an effective learning tool. They’re fun, interactive, and motivating. In psychotherapy, it has been shown that those who strive after goals because of the fun and enjoyment of that striving do better than those who do it because they have to.
Internet-based CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder can result in large and enduring effects
Hedman E, Furmark T, Carlbring P, Ljótsson B, Rück C, Lindefors N, Andersson G. A 5-Year Follow-up of Internet-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. J Med Internet Res 2011;13(2):e39
Patients striving after goals for intrinsic reasons rather than for external reasons have lower levels of psychopathology and more positive session outcomes
J. Michalak, M.A. Klappheck, J. Kosfelder. Personal goals of psychotherapy patients: the intensity and the “why” of goal-motivated behavior and their implications for the therapeutic process. Psychother. Res., 14 (2004), pp. 193-209
Merrier is a form of Internet-based CBT. It's always available, convenient, and your data is completely private.
The benefits of CBT are neatly packaged in a fun and beautiful game. You’re encouraged to face your fears and complete quests in a positive environment!