In 1966, Joseph Weizenbaum, a professor at the MIT, wrote a simple conversation program called Eliza, which simulated a Rogerian psychotherapist. Rogerian theory postulates that patients have the answers to their own doubts, fears or problems in their subconscious. It uses the strategy of returning questions asked by patients to make them examine their statements and help them to discover the solutions they need.
ELIZA: I am the psychotherapist. Please describe your problem.
PATIENT: I’m sad.
ELIZA: Can you explain why you are sad?
PATIENT: My cat has died.
ELIZA: Is it important to you that your cat has...Read more