Virtual compassion therapy may reduce depression

Self-criticism is a ubiquitous feature of psychopathology and can be combatted by increasing levels of self-compassion. However, some patients are resistant to self-compassion. This study investigated whether the effects of self-identification with virtual bodies could be exploited to increase self-compassion in patients with depression. The results indicate that interventions using immersive virtual reality may have considerable clinical potential.

CJ Falconer et al Embodying self-compassion within virtual reality and its effects on patients with depression British Journal of Psychiatry Open Feb 2016, 2 (1) 74-80