The excitement of Virtual Reality

Goldman Sachs predicts that Virtual Reality will be bigger than TV in 10 years in an analyst note from 13 January 2016. They say the combined revenue from hardware and software will be around $80 billion.

Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg bought Oculus, who are the developers of the high powered headsets, and said: “One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe says their aim is to get a billion of people to VR.
The next big thing for investors.

What excites me about Virtual Reality are the sheer unlimited possibilities for people’s personal growth.

n personal coaching we pursue the self-actualization of the Maslow pyramid. We are passionate about people living with meaning and purpose, with values and morals, full of creativity and resourcefulness. We work on overcoming the limitations of thoughts and patterns that we subconsciously repeat like a broken record.

Here is what I foresee for virtual reality in coaching and psychotherapy: A coach or therapist and his/her clients will break the limitations of believes, assumptions and expectations like we have never seen before. People experience the joy of healing.

People learn what their dream can be like in real life. They will experience in a real life simulator what it is like to reach their goals. They move through immersive empowering perspectives to make a resonant choice.

People get the ultimate sandbox to play and experiment with new ways of behaviors and interactions. They get to immerse themselves into the hero’s journey.

Mark Zuckerberg said about VR:

“When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives.”

Exposure therapy and treatments for PTSD and phobias have already adopted VR, with great success. The time of treatment is shortened and people go beyond what was initially thought possible.

Imagine what it will be like in coaching and other forms of psychotherapy.
Yours sincerely,

Nadja Muller-den Blijker, futurist and VR coach


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