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Illustration of telling one's tale of woe to a therapeutic chatbot.

During the pandemic, about four in 10 adults in the United States reported that they had symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. At the same time, the federal government warns of a critical shortage of therapists and psychiatrists.

Crecit: Simone Noronha

"I understand that you're experiencing a relationship problem, is that right?"

Yes.

"Okay, I'm delighted that you want to work on this K. I've good and bad news for you… Which do you want to hear first?"

Good news.

"The good news is, I have very powerful skills that I can teach you! These skills have really helped a lot of people build better relationships."

And the bad news?

"The bad news is that you would have to be willing to accept 100% of the responsibility for changing the relationship."

Why?

"Because you're only ever going to be able to have control over your part of it."

From The New York Times
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