Virtual Reality as Modern Imagery Mental Work

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I read an article about new developments in virtual reality technology. I would like to quote Palmer Luckey, where he gives a definition of virtual reality: “At the bare minimum there’s some threshold you cross into a sense of presence, being in a space and forgetting that it is not a real space but a virtual one.” (Total Immersion by Jerry Beilinson, Popular Mechanics, June 2014, p. 76─81, 118─120)

Having had experience with hallucinations my first reaction was fear that such technology might disrupt my brain. I actually never tried any of it. But then again my fears are just my fears. Probably the VR technology is just like any other technology. One cannot blame the inventors for side-effects. I would say: Try it and if it works fine for you, use it, otherwise abandon it.
Having gotten more positive about the whole thing, I got an idea that could actually work. What if we could use VR as imagery? Instead of repeating affirmations like : “I am healthy,” we could actually feel healthy through modern technology. VR could help people get over cancer. Or maybe it could help erase hallucinations by projecting very real images of reality around us. Imagine people in wheelchairs being able to walk in a VR session.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I am not the only one.” (John Lennon, Imagine)

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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