For people with depression who find self-compassion difficult, researchers have found that role playing in virtual reality may help.
A British clinical psychologist wanted to help his patients stop their minds' self-abuse. He wanted to let them experience how good self-compassion can feel without him simply telling them or challenging their unhealthy thoughts.
The distorted view of themselves is their reality, and they feel deserving of the self-criticism. The voices in their heads berate them, exacerbating feelings of hopelessness and despair. Their inner monologue name-calls and degrades. The negative self-talk plays on a loop.
So it's often hard for traditional therapy techniques to be enough to break the cycle. But what if the patients could step outside of their own reality?

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