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Fear Abatement Through Systematic Desensitization, Using SL

Vitolo Rossini
The Dogfather
Join date: 13 May 2007
Posts: 26
09-02-2009 10:11
In SL I own Dogland Dog Park, and I work with owners of Virtual Dogs. I just finished a project with a psychologist I met through the internet. The project was designed to systematically desensitize 13 subjects to their RL fear of dogs. All 13 became virtual dog owners, in SL. The project lasted 6 months, and had great success. out of the 13, 11 reported losing their fear of Canines. 7 out of the 13 became dog owners in real life. The project was so successful, I am being sent visitors with fear of dogs, by other professionals to work with.
I personally, have used this technique with myself and one friend. We both had a fear of heights. I can only speak for myself on my results. I am disabled, and walk with assistance, however after going through steps of higher and higher platforms, and allowing self to fall off these platforms, I found improvement in my fear. I was able to climb a ladder, and stand and walk on my roof, and work on my air conditioner.
Point here is, Virtual Worlds are well suited to use to eliminate some fears, through virtual exposure to same.
Come to SL if you wish to talk about this, and see me at Dogland Dog Park in Rhoda. While there visit the dogs used to assist in this project.
Grape Gabardini
Registered User
Join date: 6 Jan 2008
Posts: 7
09-20-2009 18:40
Wow, that is a very interesting study!!
Lindal Kidd
Dances With Noobs
Join date: 26 Jun 2007
Posts: 8,371
09-21-2009 09:41
I'd worry a little about that height desensitization, there.

In SL, I can fall from any height, and just bounce and pick myself up and dust myself off and go do it again.

It'd be a shame for someone who got used to doing that to become cavalier about safety precautions in high places in RL.
It's still My World and My Imagination! So there.
Lindal Kidd