Can an App Help Change Your Personality?

Can a smartphone app help someone change their patterns of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors? Can an app improve the “big five” personality traits such as openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism?

Wired published an article about an app, called Peach (PErsonality coACH), that works like “a diary, a dashboard, and a text messaging channel rolled into one.” Users check in with their dashboard to review their goal, progress calendar, and their weekly task.

“For instance, someone who wants to be more conscientious may be assigned to do homework for one hour after coming home from classes. The app sends the user two push notifications every day to remind them, and if the user makes progress it will show up on the dashboard.”

Read more about Peach at Wired and see if it really helps people help themselves.