Redesign Me

Virtual Reality is used in various ways for creating a storytelling experience. It gives us the opportunity to imagine one’s life events as a story, and in settings that are intended to aid the self, such as treatment of trauma, anxiety, phobia, etc. This paper discusses the ways that challenging experiences change the way people perceive their life narratives and form their memories. This paper suggests that virtual reality (VR) can be used for the exploration of alternative scenarios in order to see one’s overall line of life in a new and healthier way. Considering the theoretical background of the narrative self, this research proposes a novel view of VR immersion as a medium for constructing a new storyline and attitude to the past. The approach would also influence attitudes regarding the present and future, and thus better shape the narrative of the self, which can lead to healthier life experiences.

Authors:
Georgieva Iva, Georgiev Georgi V.

Publication type:
A1 Journal article – refereed

Place of publication:

Keywords:
design, experience, health, line of life, memory, narrative, self, storytelling, trauma, treatment, virtual reality

Published:
5 November 2019

Full citation:
Georgieva, I.; Georgiev, G.V. Redesign Me: Virtual Reality Experience of the Line of Life and Its Connection to a Healthier Self. Behav. Sci. 2019, 9, 111.

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.3390/bs9110111

Read the publication here:
http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202002286846