Indie developer James Hollender's Life Inventory for iPad app which was named Top iOS app No. 3 for 2012 has been updated to version 2.5 providing an enhanced user experience. This and the iPhone version are Lifestyle apps that guide users in creating their own Moral Inventory, which can provide greater self-understanding of their personality, strengths, and weaknesses. These apps allow the user to learn more about themselves than ever thought possible and at only a small fraction the cost of a single visit to a therapist. Version 2.1 provides substantially faster access when moving between editing and reviewing individual incidents in addition to allowing for easy corrections of Entity and Incident names while reviewing Incidents. New in version 2.5 are enhanced graphics including switches for responding to Yes/No questions marked "Yes" and "No" instead of "On" and "Off"; quicker navigation from Determine Effects to Review Incidents; and multi-page printing now includes headers and footers.
The process of completing a Life Inventory does not directly address anyone's specific problems or addictions, but rather helps the user examine in detail events that have transpired in their life. The Life Inventory app gently assists the user in probing into not only what happened, but also why it happened. The questions asked help the user delve into areas often never considered before, like:
- What did I want?
- Why did I want it?
- What am I not admitting?
- What lie did I tell myself?
- What did I leave out or not say?
- What lie did I tell others?
- Have I ever done the same thing?
- Was it any of my business?
- Were my expectations reasonable?
- What was the real truth?
- What was I not seeing?
- Did I fail to see the facts of the situation?
- What actions did I take to get what I wanted?
- What actions did I omit to get what I wanted?
Life Inventory for iPad guides the user through six different steps, each with its own activity grouping, for making a Life Inventory in writing:
- Build Lists
- Causes and Effects
- My Part
- Fears Analysis
- Fear Questions
- Sex Relations
Throughout the process, users are encouraged to write out their Inventory, be completely honest about themselves and take advantage of encouragement and support.
The Inventory begins by making one simple list, which defines four fixed Categories in which to file away what are broadly categorized as Incidents:
- Institutions and Organizations
- Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
- Sources of Anxiety and Excitement
Each of the four Categories will contain hierarchical sub-categories. From there, users outline Entities and then individual Incidents.
Step-by-step, users complete the Causes and Effects of each Incident. Next, users determine the part they played in each Incident listed. It is not unusual to create hundreds of Incident forms, each devoted to a single incident. The app includes the ability to create and save all written lists and forms with password protection. Having completed all their Incident forms, users can refer to these forms to help list all their Fears. The app includes the following eight pre-defined fears, to which the user is free to add:
- Other people's opinions
- Not getting what I want
- Not having control of the situation
- Financial insecurity
- Physical harm
The fifth step is examining each Fear category and answering the following key questions:
- Why did I have this fear?
- When did I first notice this fear in my life?
- How did I hold on to this fear?
- What did this fear make me do?
- What chain of circumstances did this fear set in motion in my life?
- How did I react to this fear?
- What decision did this fear cause me to make?
- How did self-reliance fail me?
- What should I have done instead?
And the sixth and final step is examining Sex Relations, where users answer all the following questions regarding each of their sexual relationships:
- How was I selfish?
- Where was I dishonest?
- Where was I inconsiderate?
- Who was hurt in this situation?
- Did I arouse jealousy, suspicion, or bitterness?
- Where was I at fault?
- What should I have done instead?
- What will I do in the future?
- Did I pray or have spiritual conversations with him/her?
- Did I pray for him/her?
- Did I enjoy his/her company?
- Did we bring each other closer to God?
"The process of completing a Life Inventory doesn't directly address anyone's specific problems or addictions, but rather helps the user examine in detail events that have transpired in their life," stated indie developer James Hollender. "The Life Inventory for iPad app gently assists the user in probing into not only what happened, but also why it happened."
Life Inventory for iPad 2.5 is $9.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. A Lite version of the app is $1.99, a supplement that provides a mock Moral Inventory from which the user can learn by example and experimentation. Review copies are available on request.