My Password is My Life Coach
An individual’s password can provide insight into certain aspects of their life, especially since most individuals don’t end up using things such as “G%4F271gv3!” and “CfRdWe156#” for their daily passwords to their computers, email, or favorite social site. Why? Because you can’t remember them, and heck, you don’t want to. This tends to be the number one reason why most users don’t have strong, cryptic passwords to protect their banking credentials or other personal information. In fact, most people try to get creative, but have problems doing so. Hence, they end up with “123456″, “password”, or sometimes even “MiCatisNumber1″.
So, when I came across this article, I thought, “Hmmmm… seriously. Password Therapy is a thing?” But, yes, it is a thing, and I’m beginning to think it may just work.
Now, if you don’t want to read the entire article linked above, basically, Password Therapy is the act of using a password to remind yourself of a personal goal, with a power of positive thinking twist. For example, Mauricio Estrella (the guy mentioned in the above article), an associate creative director in Shanghai, was grappling with anger from his divorce; he channeled that feeling into the password “Forgive@her”, which he typed daily for a month. He realized his rage slowly, but surely, melted away. So he tried a new one, “QuitSmoking4Ever”, and it worked too. While not every password goal that he set ended up succeeding, he did keep creating positive passwords, repeating the mantra daily until time to change it.
Psychologists have already chimed in and stated that this can be great way to enact a change in your life. The downside is that you still need to be somewhat cryptic when it comes to setting your passwords. It’s one thing to fool your coworker or roommate into not guessing your password, but it’s another to try and fool password crackers. For example, read this article about “How to pick strong passwords and keep them that way“ and you’ll see that password need to be pretty hardened to thwart password crackers.
In any case, I can see how typing in something like “L00z@Weight!” or “Save$4Vaca” would remind me daily that I need to take action. It’s also a great way to think up new, fresh passwords every 30 days like most of us have to do.
Let me know what you think below in the comments, please. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what looks to be a growing “self-help therapy” for many. Until I hear from you, I’ll be trying to pick next month’s password. I’m starting to lean toward “NoFroYo@2ManyCalories”.