Stuart Smalley-like software ups your confidence

Subliminal Flash 3.0 runs affirming messages while you engage in other computer-related tasks.

You're good enough, you're smart enough and doggone it, people like you! And if you don't buy that, Subliminal Flash 3.0 software, a veritable Stuart Smalley for the Digital Age, is here to make you a believer.

Subliminal Flash 3.0
Ded Pyhto

The idea, according to software maker Ded Pyhto, is that running subliminal messages on your PC while you engage in other computer-related tasks can help you boost your self-esteem, become more assertive, get richer, stop smoking and more. Imagine: one minute you're anonymously browsing, quaking at the thought of approaching someone new, the next you're reciting love sonnets to your long-time secret crush on the subway.

Validation seekers can choose from a list of more than 500 affirmations--or add their own. The company's site also has a self-help forum where people can share experiences and ask for advice.

Version 3.0 (click for download) has been out for a few months now, but somehow we only managed to get the (subliminal) message about the product now. It's free to try, $29.95 to buy.

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Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.


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