Virtual Reality and The Dissociative Spectrum

Studies of people who use Virtual Reality as their primary form of entertainment show a spectrum of dissociation.

This idea of a spectrum of dissociation emerges as virtual reality becomes increasingly immersive and the dissociative process becomes more complete and easier to see.

Clinical psychologist Sherry Turkle suggests that users of virtual reality are in a transition from “…a modernist culture of calculation toward a postmodernist culture of simulation.”

When Turkle made these observations in 1996 immersive virtual reality was not available to average users

Turkle wrote: “Windows have become a powerful metaphor for thinking about the self as a multiple, distributed system…The self is no longer simply playing different roles in different settings at different times. The life practice of windows is that of a decentered self that exists in many worlds, that plays many roles at the same time.” Now real life itself may be, as one of Turkle’s subjects says, “just one more window.”

A couple of studies suggest that virtual reality increases dissociative behavior and reduces one’s sense of presence in objective reality.

This is from the 2013 paper Sanity and Mental health in an Age of Augmented and Virtual Realities, by Gregory P. Garvey:

“In virtual worlds like Second Life, ‘residents’ may have multiple avatars having different genders through which they enact very different personalities. Such role-playing fits with the description of Dissociative Identity Disorder in the DSM-V. Users of Second Life have experiences akin to depersonalization, de-realization or even dissociative identity disorder.”

Garvey conducted a survey of 110 users of Second Life based on the Structured Clinical Interview for Depersonalization–De-realization Spectrum.

“Many users have multiple avatars, which enact distinct identities or personalities, and this fits the criteria for dissociative identity disorder. To experience any of these disorders in real life may be considered undesirable, even pathological. But for users of Second Life such dissociative experiences are considered normal, liberating, and even transcendent.” Gregory P. Garvey, Dissociation and Second Life: Pathology or Transcendence?

For healthy people the controlled use of the dissociative process is liberating; and virtual reality gives us new ways to express ourselves and learn.

But pathological dissociation compromises the brain’s ability to differentiate
the real from the imaginary.

To dissociate pathologically is to lose ones place in time.

Photo of a male avatar walking in the rain against the backdrop of a black and white snapshot of public housing
in the projects

 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017
First posted 2/28/2015

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Freedom from Fear

Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State. Chief Justice Earl Warren  regarding Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924.

It’s Schadenfreude Eve, Boys and Girls

Tomorrow is a big day, Boys and Girls

Tomorrow Bob Mueller announces the first winners in the global Putin’s Puppets Awards.

The lucky winners get an autographed photo of Vladimir Putin in drag and lots of time in jail.

The contestants are:

NY Daily News Photograph of Paul Manafort
Paul ‘Dogface’ Manafort

Paul ‘Dogface’ Manafort

Manafort has laundered so much money he’s also known as ‘Mr. Maytag”.

NY Daily News Photo of Michael Flynn
Michael ‘Lock ‘er Up’ Flynn

Michael ‘Lock ‘er Up’ Flynn

Mike Flynn’s chants of ‘lock her up’ at anti-Clinton rallies while committing treasonous crimes against the people of the United States lowered the bar for treasonous hypocrites everywhere.

NY Daily News Photo of Carter Page
Carter ‘Twitchy Face’ Page

Carter ‘Twitchy Face’ Page

Twitchy Face is mentioned in the same dossier as the mythic pee-pee tapes.
His face twitches when he lies.

Image of Roger Stone
Roger ‘twitchy lips’ Stone

Roger ‘twitchy lips’ Stone

Also known as ‘that loud old drunk that spreads lies and right-wing conspiracy theories’.

Stone is also nicknamed ‘Twitchy Lips’ because his lips allegedly twitch when he kisses Trump’s ass.


A meme of Vladimir Putin claiming not to have heard of Jared Kushner: 'I never heard of her
Jared Kushner? Never heard of her

Jared ‘Squeaky’ Kushner

Kushner is allegedly Putin’s backdoor man.

 

Image of a pouting Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr.

aka ‘Love It!”

‘Love It!” allegedly met with Natasha Fatale to beg her to adopt him.

 

Cartoon showing Boris Badanov and Natasha Fatale leaving Trump Tower
Cartoon showing Boris Badanov and Natasha Fatale leaving Trump Tower

 

Donny ‘No Chins’ Trump

Profile photo of Donald Trump
Donny ‘No Chins” Trump

aka ‘They did it!

Allegedly conspired with Vladimir Putin to subvert the 2016
U.S. election.

He’s known to lie without reason and to have the uncanny
ability to get under his own skin.

Who will be the first to serve time?

My thanks to @RogueCPI for the title of this post.

On edit, 10/30/2017: Today’s winners of the Putin’s Puppets Awards are Paul ‘Dogface’ Manafort and Richard Gates. Read the indictment here: Indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates.

On edit: This scenario reminds me of my favorite Kids in the Hall skit:

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