Virtual Reality for Individuals with Occasional Paranoid Thoughts

Leonie Ascone, Karolin Ney, Fariba Mostajeran, Frank Steinicke, Steffen Moritz, Jürgen Gallinat, Simone Kühn
CHI Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, page 1--8 - 2020
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Individuals with paranoia often experience a high level of self-criticism and negative emotions. Guided compassion-focused (CF) imagery has shown to be successful in reducing these negative emotions and paranoid thoughts. However, some individuals have difficulties with CF imagery. By enabling a sense of presence, immersive virtual environments can overcome these limitations and induce specific emotional responses to support the development of self-compassionate feelings. In our study, we compared an immersive CF (CF-VR) with a controlled VR condition in a student sample of N = 21 participants with slightly elevated symptoms of paranoia. A virtual mission on the moon was designed and implemented to induce self-compassionate feelings with the help of interacting with a space nebula that represented the power of compassion. Our results show that the CF-VR intervention was well accepted and effective in reducing state paranoid thoughts. Worry decreased significantly within the CF-VR group, while self-compassion increased.

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  author       = "Ascone, Leonie and Ney, Karolin and Mostajeran, Fariba and Steinicke, Frank and Moritz, Steffen and Gallinat, Jürgen and Kühn, Simone",
  title        = "Virtual Reality for Individuals with Occasional Paranoid Thoughts",
  booktitle    = "CHI Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems",
  pages        = "1--8",
  year         = "2020",
  url          = ""

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