Just what is Krystallos

Krystallos is a mobile app that wraps up a process called the Humanistic Tree Approach which produces the Humanistic Tree.  


The process is a journey of personal discovery leading to identifying a person's core value.  At the center of the tree is the core values.  The branches of the tree identify actions or attributes of that value for the person who completed the tree.  Each output is as unique as the individual.

The process is done by asking how the person feels about a word, is it positive, negative or indifferent. Once the positive words have been identified, we ask the person to rate the intensity of the feeling.  The final step starts to build the relationships between the words to create the tree. 


Where Krystallos differs from other methods of identifying values is it does not discard any words that the person identifies as a positive association with.  There is also no magic number the person has to dwindle down to.  Although we have found most people end up with less than ten core values, the process involves a linking that eliminates having a high number of core values.   We have also found that the Humanistic Tree Approach weeds out the "should have" values. At the end of the process, those "should haves" tend to be stand-alone values without anything branching from them.  This is a good indication that the person may not hold that value as dearly as they thought they did.  

In a nutshell, Krystallos is a tool to quickly identify one's core values and get a clear picture of who they are. 

Krystallos and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a popular treatment modality for many issues that cause discomfort or distress in a person’s life.  The focus is on changing how we view situations, behaviours and challenge thought patterns.  It is a therapy based on being aware (cognitive) of how behaviors impact us.  It is a relatively simple option as it does not take long to learn.  One of the issues with it, is people tend to forget to do it when they need to or don’t use it as intended.

When you couple your Humanistic tree, created by Krystallos, with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy you don’t have to wait for a situation to arise to use your new skills.    The Humanistic Tree will identify behaviours linked to your core values.  The outer branches of the tree can be viewed as behaviours or expressions of the core value in action.   Think of it as your personal guide to your body language.   The example below shows Flexibility and Calm as being actions related to Rationality which in turn is linked to Honesty.  This shows why calmness and flexibility in situations is important to this person.  It also shows what will happen if this person is confronted with someone who is rigid in their communication and easily riled up.  This person may not feel that the other person is being honest.   A lack of honesty can cause many problems in any relationship and has its own repercussions beyond what is shown here.  By examining your Humanistic Tree you can challenge your beliefs around your core values.  Does the tree accurately reflect what is important to you?  Can you identify areas that are incompatible with your life?  Does the Humanistic Tree give insight into why certain behaviors bother you?




A major issue with human nature is a lot of these traits are instilled during childhood.  Many adults are unaware of how these ideas were formed or from where.  That causes problems when trying to understand your reactions and behaviours.  The fundamental goal of Cognitive Behavior Therapy is to uncover this road map linking meaning to behavior.   Krystallos helps with that by bridging behaviors to core values.  It is an easy starting place to question further actions.  Regarding a situation that is causing you distress you can begin by asking if there is a conflict with an outer branch of your Humanistic Tree.  If there is you can follow the map back to the core issues providing clarity to why you are feeling what you are feeling.   From the core value you can also question to what extent the disconnect is.  Using the example above again; someone may be behaving in a rigid manner but is very calm and accurate.   The number of behaviors that they are exhibiting may outweigh the number they are not. This gives you enough information to challenge if they are in fact crossing that core value.  Maybe they are expressing honesty to you, just in a way you are not familiar with.  The first idea to challenge in Cognitive Behavior Therapy is "Is there another way to perceive this situation?”.  From there you look at “What options do I have for changing how I see this?”.  Does any of those options feel okay to me?  The information you gain from Krystallos can provide the visual ideas for you to look at and challenge.  This information also validates your reactions to some things.   If you react negatively to someone being riled up it can be easy to judge yourself as sensitive or too laid back and uncaring.   When you can say that being calm is linked to being honest for yourself those judgements don’t hold the same strength.  You can see them as untrue and harmful to you.  


Krystallos and Mindfullness

The practice of mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention and focus to the present moment.  It eliminates over thinking what can happen in the future and ruminate about the past, both of which have been linked to anxiety and depression.   In mindfulness, you strive to quiet the chatter in your mind to focus on your experience in the moment. You become aware of your physical sensations and the stimuli around you.  The long-term goal of mindfulness is to reach greater self-knowledge and thus enlightenment leading to greater well-being.


By using the insight you gain from your Humanistic Tree created by Krystallos, you already have a starting point for self-knowledge.  Many troublesome interpersonal situations are caused by our reaction to the situation.  Much of the time, these can be linked to a violation in some degree of your core values.


During these times or when it is appropriate to do so, try sitting quietly.  In a gentle non-judgemental way ask yourself the following:


What physical sensations am I feeling right now?

Is there any weight to the feeling, if so, how heavy is it?

Is there any temperature to the feeling, if so, what temperature?

Where in my body am I feeling these things?


Spend some time acquainting yourself with what is happening in the moment within yourself.  

Once you have become aware of the feeling you are having and how your body is reacting, you can start to unpack the situation.

Did the other person behave in a way that is opposite of behaviors on my outer branches?

If so, which one?

What core value does that branch belong to?

If the other person’s behavior did not go against any outer branches, did it offend the main core directly?  If so which one?


Once you have identified which core value you are working with, you now understand the physical sensations associated with feeling that value wronged or out of alignment.  You also have a starting place for resolution with the other people involved.  You can clearly identify how you felt and explain some behaviors that lead to the feelings as well as offer suggestions on behaviors that feel more aligned for you.  


Getting Apple approval

We are running a little behind the schedule we were hoping for.  It seems the reason it takes awhile to get approved by Apple is that you get rejected a few times first.  They are like the date that takes a few to figure out.  

With any luck, we are wrapping up the dates and sliding in for a home run. 

In other news, we attended the Fifth Annual Congress of Positive Psychology in Montreal this summer.   Had a fantastic time, met some wonderful people and walked away feeling validated and excited.   We are working on some leads to partner in research with some organizations.  We had a few other opportunities present themselves over the weekend and we will see how all those go.   

The summer was busy with design work, scuba diving and family.  With the colder weather settling in, we will be heads down adding features and building on new ideas.  We have two more shows coming up this fall, one in Halifax on September 16-17 and Moncton in October.