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Georgieva I and Georgiev GV (2022) Narrative self-recreation in virtual reality. Front. Virtual Real. 3:854333. doi: 10.3389/frvir.2022.854333

Narrative self-recreation in virtual reality

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Author: Georgieva, Iva1,2; Georgiev, Georgi V.3
Organizations: 1Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
2Institute for Advanced Study, Varna, Bulgaria
3Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-03


The narrative essence of human nature is that humans are storytellers, and this ability helps to constitute our identities. Challenges that disrupt this innate ability are adverse events that affect the human perception of the world and undermine the meaning one finds in reality. Such events might range from short-term stressors to long-term testing conditions such as pandemics. Tools for overcoming these negative effects and for achieving self-preservation might be sought in individual storytelling abilities in relation to self-constitution and identification. An example of an interactive digital narrative medium that provides a platform for such expression of complex issues is virtual reality (VR), which has been used as a visual narrative storytelling tool for decades. This study sets the notion of trauma in a new light, as a break in the individual story used to explain one’s life and as a story to be intertwined with and re-adapted to one’s overall lifetime. In the healthcare context, this experience can be most effectively presented in VR because it offers added meaning, potential choices, closure, and resolution as methods of utilization. Therefore, VR can be seen not only as a medium whereby traumatic events can be processed but also as an alternative viewpoint of the goal of self-(re)creation. This research discusses a theoretical proposal for ways of playing with self-construction mechanisms in the context of an immersive VR environment to create more opportunities to change one’s narrative and, hence, one’s real-life story.

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Series: Frontiers in virtual reality
ISSN: 2673-4192
ISSN-E: 2673-4192
ISSN-L: 2673-4192
Volume: 3
Pages: 1 - 10
Article number: 854333
DOI: 10.3389/frvir.2022.854333
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland 6G Flagship (grant 346208) and European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant number H2020-856998).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 346208
Detailed Information: 346208 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2022 Georgieva and Georgiev. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.