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Oculus Rift seems to have removed my fear of heights

Teddy0kTeddy0k Posts: 205
Hiro Protagonist
edited June 2013 in General
Hello rifters,

I've always had a fear of heights, so spending time in the rift on the coaster or doing jumps in rift racer has been giving my quite a thrill.

I've been on holiday recently and went on a zip line across some waterfalls, a bit like this;


Very strangely, I didn't feel any kind of fear or heights or vertigo or anything really. I'm quite certain that if I'd done this in the past, I would have felt quite giddy.. but I didn't feel anything!

Has anyone had any similar experiences?
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  • FritoFrito Posts: 924
    NerveGear
    Nice.... but I wonder if this a good thing actually?
    We should (if you plan on living at least) be afraid to some things after all...
  • MrGeddingsMrGeddings Posts: 604
    Art3mis
    cool. I still think i rather not do the real thing. i think with the rift you can feel "safe" cuz you know its just virtual reality but with the real thing you have fear cuz you feel like ooh what if i fall or whatever haha. but hey good for you :-) i dont like roller coasters myself but did get a thrill of the parrotcoaster. still not going to try the real thing though :-)
  • craigotroncraigotron Posts: 271
    VR has tremendous potential as a means to treat phobias, PTSD and all manner of psychological maladies. There is a thread here somewhere about VR for Research. I'm sure they would love to hear your account of conquering your acrophobia.
  • JoseJose Posts: 888
    Trinity
    I can't say that the Rift removed my fear of heights since I'm not really ever that high off the ground in real life.

    But after playing around in the buggy-vehicle maps in HLVR for a long time, and then immediately after, driving on the road in real life, I noticed that I had zero fear (and increased enjoyment) of driving (safely within the speed limits) and that I was hyper-aware of all the other vehicles on the road. The effect wasn't permanent though.
  • bamoussebamousse Posts: 164
    Art3mis
    I wonder if the Rift can cure my fear of rocket jumping.
  • brantlewbrantlew Posts: 540 Oculus Staff
    The Oculus Rift has permanently cured my fear of Italian villas.
  • 360FOV360FOV Posts: 476
    Hiro Protagonist
    brantlew wrote:
    The Oculus Rift has permanently cured my fear of Italian villas.
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :roll: hillarious
    Unless you really have a fear of Italian villas then grats!
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  • spire8989spire8989 Posts: 337
    Hiro Protagonist
    Frito wrote:
    Nice.... but I wonder if this a good thing actually?
    We should (if you plan on living at least) be afraid to some things after all...

    I think it depends. Some phobias are definitely good to keep in my opinion. I think fear of height (or rather, probably, fear of falling) is a good one to vanquish but mostly in a safe way.

    Personally, I lost my fear of falling after a few months of training parkour. Something about knowing what to do if I were to fall from a certain height seems to help.
  • WalkyWalky Posts: 357
    Brain Burst
    brantlew wrote:
    The Oculus Rift has permanently cured my fear of Italian villas.

    Two words: Clown simulator :cry:
  • BootsBoots Posts: 24
    NerveGear
    I have a fear of moths :lol: I'm sure removing that fear would not be detrimental to my survivability
  • ChristiaanChristiaan Posts: 386
    Art3mis
    Walky wrote:
    brantlew wrote:
    The Oculus Rift has permanently cured my fear of Italian villas.

    Two words: Clown simulator :cry:

    double thumbs up! This would equate to a contribution to humanity. ;-)
  • WalkyWalky Posts: 357
    Brain Burst
    Boots wrote:
    I have a fear of moths :lol: I'm sure removing that fear would not be detrimental to my survivability
    I HATE moths too!, more than any other damn bug. I even uploaded a video some time ago about this:
  • KnitschiKnitschi Posts: 30
    Teddy0k wrote:
    Hello rifters,

    I've always had a fear of heights, so spending time in the rift on the coaster or doing jumps in rift racer has been giving my quite a thrill.

    I've been on holiday recently and went on a zip line across some waterfalls, a bit like this;

    Very strangely, I didn't feel any kind of fear or heights or vertigo or anything really. I'm quite certain that if I'd done this in the past, I would have felt quite giddy.. but I didn't feel anything!

    Has anyone had any similar experiences?

    I heard that other people with fear of heights don't experience it when they hang in straps like the ones used for zip lining.
    It is the same thing with paragliding. Many people who are afraid of heights have no problem with dangling on a parachute. For most, the fear rather comes when standing close to a cliff.
  • saluksaluk Posts: 67
    That's truly terrifying. I wonder if vr can help us mothophobics...
  • ReTReT Posts: 191
    Oh how I hope this is true/possible. :o

    All i need now is a skydiving spider simulator and all my fears shall be gone! :mrgreen:
  • NedoNedo Posts: 295
    Hiro Protagonist
    Knitschi wrote:
    It is the same thing with paragliding. Many people who are afraid of heights have no problem with dangling on a parachute. For most, the fear rather comes when standing close to a cliff.

    I second that, i have no problem paragliding, i feel safe, i know the wings hold me, they are part of me.
    But standing somewhere in the mountains close to a cliff without my wings attached, i really dont like
    the feeling :o i'm not sure if that can be cured, its inside our brain for self protection.
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  • Teddy0kTeddy0k Posts: 205
    Hiro Protagonist
    Knitschi wrote:
    It is the same thing with paragliding. Many people who are afraid of heights have no problem with dangling on a parachute. For most, the fear rather comes when standing close to a cliff.
    Interesting, I'll have to do some more research. Like go stand on top of a tall building or something.

    Wish me luck!
  • LaurentMTLaurentMT Posts: 57
    Nedo wrote:
    Knitschi wrote:
    It is the same thing with paragliding. Many people who are afraid of heights have no problem with dangling on a parachute. For most, the fear rather comes when standing close to a cliff.

    I second that, i have no problem paragliding, i feel safe, i know the wings hold me, they are part of me.
    But standing somewhere in the mountains close to a cliff without my wings attached, i really dont like
    the feeling :o i'm not sure if that can be cured, its inside our brain for self protection.
    I had the same experience with parachutism.
    I think vertigo is created by a divergence between proprioception and sight. With proprioception, our brains "knows" where the ground is supposed to be (just under our feet which are at a certain distance from our eyes) but our eyes say something totally different to the brain (the ground is very far away). So the brain raises an alert. With paragliding, there's no divergence and no alert is raised.

    As you wrote, vertigo (and motion sickness) are natural reactions for self protection. We should be glad to experience them.
  • SMOK3YSMOK3Y Posts: 259
    I have a Fear of Spiders but there aint no F'n way im playing anything with spiders in it :!:
  • mscanfpmscanfp Posts: 659
    I have a fear of putting on a gas mask. I wonder if the Rift could help me? :roll:

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  • StilgarStilgar Posts: 47
    I think a lot of people underestimated what fear of height really is. They jus get weak legs because they are not used to this kind of perception, as said before. From climbing I know people who say they have fear of height and after 15-20 minutes the get used to the height and are able to balance around over bars or climb on walls in 10-20m height.

    This type might profit from VR-training. Beside these, there are people who really faint when they approach comparable situations. I have no idea if these people would reach in the same way with a Rift... does anyone offer a guinney-pen?? :mrgreen:

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  • Teddy0kTeddy0k Posts: 205
    Hiro Protagonist
    Stilgar wrote:
    Beside these, there are people who really faint when they approach comparable situations. I have no idea if these people would reach in the same way with a Rift... does anyone offer a guinney-pen??
    I had one, but at first she refused to go in the Rift, and then she closed her eyes every time it moved or went up high, and now she doesn't trust me!
  • VRifterVRifter Posts: 1
    Teddy0k wrote:
    Knitschi wrote:
    It is the same thing with paragliding. Many people who are afraid of heights have no problem with dangling on a parachute. For most, the fear rather comes when standing close to a cliff.
    Interesting, I'll have to do some more research. Like go stand on top of a tall building or something.

    Wish me luck!

    I think Fear of Falling from height is a better description than Fear of Heights. If I was was walking on the ledge of a skyscraper with no safety harness I would be scared out of my mind. But if I was walking on the same ledge with a safety harness that guaranteed I wouldn't fall then I think my fear would all but disappear.
  • mscanfpmscanfp Posts: 659
    I wonder if someone is fearful in social situations, like talking to members of the opposite sex, if the Rift is something that could help them with that.

    Mike
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  • jasonatokcjasonatokc Posts: 353
    Walky wrote:
    brantlew wrote:
    The Oculus Rift has permanently cured my fear of Italian villas.

    Two words: Clown simulator :cry:


    Yep.... lol :lol: :lol: :lol: That would be scary shit.
  • MAC_MAN86MAC_MAN86 Posts: 2,262
    Wintermute
    Old thread and I hope I always will feel the sensation of Acrophobia that sends tingles down your spine when looking over high ledges like this one in Home. I got used to Space-Sickness fast enough after just 1 weeks and I never feel it at all like in Elite. It really means the 3D perspective does a great job at immersion!


  • LuciferousLuciferous Posts: 2,061 Valuable Player
    I thought teddy was back for a minute, guy was a pioneering legend in the dk1 and early dk2 days.
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,249 Valuable Player
    Teddy0k said:
    Very strangely, I didn't feel any kind of fear or heights or vertigo or anything really. I'm quite certain that if I'd done this in the past, I would have felt quite giddy.. but I didn't feel anything!

    Has anyone had any similar experiences?

    Yes! I've been able to ride roller coasters again, and recently I went Rock Climbing at an indoor facility without any safety harnesses. I made it to the very top several times.

    I've spent most my life with an uncontrollable fear of heights. I would usually power through it but it was an extremely daunting task. Now I am much better off thanks to 3 years of height exposure in the Rift.
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 6,891 Valuable Player
    Hasn't worked for me. I've spent AGES watching VR Porn and I'm STILL scared of women :(
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