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Feeling Stressed? You May Want To Be Invisible!

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firemonkee57

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Invisibility may seem like a great idea at times, and a new study which gave participants the feeling of not being seen resulted in some subjects feeling reduced levels of stress.

While the technique shows promise in reducing social anxiety, it suggests the feeling of wanting to disappear may not solve as many problems as people want it to, although it could prove to be a boon for psychotherapy.

A virtual-reality headset was placed over the eyes of subjects in the study, and additional techniques were utilized to give volunteers the impression that they were invisible. While people were wearing the electronic glasses, participants conducting the study brushed their hair, but all the subjects saw was a brush waving through thin air. This effect was enough for many of them to feel that their entire bodies were invisible.

Social anxiety was greatly reduced in some subjects, who were presented with the image of a group of strangers looking at them as their heartbeats were measured. This technique could provide a new means of treating people with social anxiety disorder. People with this condition experience nervousness, shortness of breath, and rapid heartbeat whenever they are in front of an audience.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is traditionally used by psychotherapists to treat phobias, including social anxiety. This process involves exposing a patient to increasing levels of their fear, getting them more comfortable with their feelings and able to manage their discomfort bit by bit. This experiment suggests that subjects may also be treated for social anxiety disorder by making them feel invisible at first, and slowly exposing more of their bodies to a group of strangers.



Feeling Stressed? You May Want To Be Invisible! : LIFE : Tech Times
 
Anime-Alchemy

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Interesting, sounds like another direction to pursue.
 
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Err.. I don't like the idea of slowly introducing my body to strangers, but the invisibility sounds fantastic. :)
 
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