Life Inventory 12+

12-Step Moral Inventory

James Hollender

Designed for iPhone

    • 2.0 • 1 Rating
    • $7.99

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Note: For privacy all data is local within the app; and there is a different version for iPad.

This app guides users in creating their own Life Inventory, which can provide greater self-understanding of their personality, strengths, and weaknesses. While requiring a significant investment of time, the Inventory allows users to analyze reactions to:

● People
● Institutions and Organizations
● Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
● Sources of Anxiety and Excitement
● Fears
● Sex Relations

The process of completing a Life Inventory doesn't directly address anyone's specific addiction(s), 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? (always present)
● 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?

Sometimes the questions are difficult to answer, but once done, they help provide significant insight into why certain choices were made and, more importantly, determining there are often alternative choices available which will make life so much better.

Life Inventory 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

The Inventory begins by using one simple list, which defines four fixed Categories in which to file away what are broadly categorized as Incidents:

● People
● Institutions and Organizations
● Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
● Sources of Anxiety and Excitement

Each of the four Categories will contain hierarchical sub-categories that the user created (Miscellaneous is included by default). 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 individual Incident forms. 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
● Abandonment
● Physical harm
● Failure
● Success

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?

A sixth and final step is examining Sex Relations, where users answer 12 probing questions regarding each individual sexual relationship.

A final Sex Relations exercise asks users to write their sexual ideal towards which they are willing to grow.

For those involved in 12-step programs a Life Inventory is considered the equivalent of a Moral Inventory.

What’s New

Version 5.0

Remove references to developer apps that are no longer available in the App Store.

Ratings and Reviews

2.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

briandow ,

Too klunky to be useful

I really wanted to like this app and took a big risk by shelling out $10 to try it out. There is useful information compiled with in the web app portions, similar versions of which can be accessed with a few google searches. Other than that, the actual inventory process is easier to do by hand, in my opinion. I could write it down way faster than having to navigate through the horribly organized input links. This is a waste of $10 for me. I hope this app is at some point redesigned from the ground up by someone with app making skills. Until then I'll probably just delete from my phone and keep with my journal and the Spot Check Inventory app, which is much easier to use, though overly simple.

Hakerz ,

Life Learning App

There isn't another app like this anywhere and it helps you with problems you face in your life or how to make your life better.

Thanks, James for adding a password! In the app there's an explanation in how this works.

"The Life Inventory app was created because of the complexity and length of time needed to do a proper Moral Inventory. When persons working their way through a 12-step program start creating their own Moral Inventory and discover that some ways of doing a Moral Inventory might require a thousand spreadsheets, the task seems daunting and many never get around to finishing it, thus depriving themselves of the rewards a Moral Inventory can provide. This app is a first attempt at finding a way to make the task less time consuming, while at the same time helping the user create a valuable asset in their recovery process."

James Hollender is a brilliant man and here's a little bit about him.

"James Hollender is a well seasoned Information Technology professional who has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently writing apps in Objective-C & Xcode for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestion and other awards including a commendation from The President of the United States."

Once again, thanks, James.....

joepapino ,

Great App, Great Price!

I have to admit - I was a little skeptical when deciding to buy this app. It is not often that I spend $9.99 on an iPhone app, but I can honestly say it is worth every cent. After talking to people I know who have gone to therapy and counseling classes I've come to find out that this app is highly comparable in the questions that are being asked and also provides a huge cost savings. This app is a great alternative to those individuals who may not be able to afford therapy classes. Life Inventory is truly an awesome app and does what it says it can do. I highly recommend this app to anyone who has a lot going on in their life and needs to take time to Stop, Review, and Analyze why they are feeling the way they are and why they do the things they do. Great app all around!

App Privacy

The developer, James Hollender, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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