Why Use Material Tools for Personal Development?
Our brains are hardwired to utilize tools. From cups, cars, computers, and everything in between, we use tools in almost every daily task that we perform. Why should self-help tools be any different? A professionally designed tool can assist you in emotion regulation, developing interpersonal skills, and being more focused. Whether the tool be an actual physical device, like a diary or jewelry, or an analogy to a known item, utilizing material objects as tools makes personal development more approachable and relatable.
The tools on this site were developed on the foundation of both Cognitive Research (Human Perception, Memory, Learning, Neurology, and Executive Functioning) and Clinical Psychology (fundamental principals of personality and development). Most importantly, they are user-friendly and adaptable to fit your personal needs. But don't be fooled by their simplicity. Under the hood, the tools have many hidden elements that "trick" the brain into working with a person and not against them. They may seem simple, but they really pack a punch!
Developed by Dr. Ami Braverman
Dr. Ami Braverman is a scholar-practitioner in the field of Cognitive and Clinical Psychology. He divides his time between training, consulting, writing, and research. He specializes in creating unique “tailor-made” mental health programs that keep individuals/groups focused on success. His philosophy is that the mind regulates a person’s sense of self automatically and the way to affect this is through perception, or in other words awareness. Self-Help tools that assist in self awareness automatically assist in focusing a person towards their goals.
He earned his MA and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Ben Gurion University, Israel. His articles have been published in highly ranked scientific journals, such as Psychological Research and Brain and Cognition. Dr. Braverman has had international collaborations with esteemed professors of psychology, such as Prof. Nachshon Meiran, Prof. Sander Los, Prof. Tom Verguts, and Prof. Joseph Tzelgov (a student of the renowned Prof. Daniel Kahneman). Following his Doctorate, Dr. Braverman specialized as a School Psychologist, which included psychological and educational diagnosis, family therapy, play therapy with children, marriage counseling, addiction counseling, group counseling, and organizational work with teachers and school administration. Dr. Braverman is currently working as a School Psychologist in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn NY with his wife and border collie.