Psychological well being is likely one of the largest problems with latest instances, with Kendall Jenner, Emma Stone, Woman Gaga and even The Rock opening up about their psychological well being points. Even the royal household has received in on the act, establishing the Heads Collectively charity. And it’s not only a fleeting situation. The World Well being Organisation says despair will overtake most cancers because the world’s important ‘world illness burden’ by 2030.
So it’s not shocking that meditation apps like Calm are going gangbusters amongst customers. Nevertheless, meditation and mind coaching apps are focused in the direction of cognitive abilities. These abilities may also help with focus and dementia, for instance, however gained’t mean you can have higher and deeper relationships.
So it’s fascinating that a new app has launched to deal with the thornier downside of learn how to enhance your emotional intelligence. That’s the hope of latest app startup eQuoo now launched on the Apple App retailer and Google Play (obtainable in Australia and New Zealand proper now).
eQuoo is an emotional health recreation that goals to show you psychological abilities in a enjoyable and interesting approach. You get to make use of these abilities in a select your individual journey recreation, however they’re for real-life conditions as effectively.
Founder Silja Litvin (a psychologist) says she was inspired to create the game because “emotional intelligence is more important than IQ when it comes to success in the workplace. If you know how and why you react and feel the way you do, you can navigate through stressful situations and relationships much better.”
Equoo has raised an Angel round, and the investors include Julian Pittam (Investor to Disciple Media, which just had a successful Series B fundraising), Pierre Andurand and other angels.
It’s now looking to raise a further Seed round of $200,000.
As a child, Litvin moved from sunny Southern California to the less-than-sunny Luxembourg and was bullied at school. But things changed when her older sister got a body-language book for her birthday. “The idea that there was a science – a manual, so to speak – about why people did what completely blew my 12-year- old mind. That’s when I decided to become a psychologist: I wanted to spread the good news. eQuoo essentially helps you build up people skills.” Her team also includes, Med Buckey (CTO), Professor Markus Maier (Head of research) and James O’Brien (Lead developer).
In the game, a character, Dr Joy (named after Sigmund Freud – Freud is joy in German) walks you through the learning session. eQuoo allows you to practice the skills in the learning part of the game; unlock a level in the game which leads you to a choose your own adventure story where you need to use the skills to win; gives you feedback on your personality through the Big Five personality test’ let’s you share your personality feedback on social media; learn more about the skills you possess on a deeper level; and anything you learn becomes part of your psychological ‘tool-box’.
The startup opened the Beta in Australia and New Zealand and has a weekly growth rate of 19% and a 4.8 rating in the app store. Phase one will be building advertisement and subscription, but after that, it plans to work with insurance companies as a mental health game that prevents anxiety and depression.
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