Skip to main content

The Magic of the In-Between: Mental Resilience Through Interactive Narrative

  • 875 Accesses

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNISA,volume 13138)

Abstract

We present the latest iteration of Betwixt, an interactive narrative that combines therapeutic techniques with fantasy storytelling to help everyday users strengthen their mental resilience. In this paper, we highlight several features relevant to interactive narrative that appear to differentiate Betwixt from other interactive narratives for mental health based on preliminary user feedback. Future work will seek to build on the core Betwixt design and strengthen understanding of how to best strengthen mental resilience via digital intervention.

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Digital interventions
  • Human-chatbot storytelling

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-92300-6_35
  • Chapter length: 5 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-92300-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

References

  1. de Alva, F.E.M., Wadley, G., Lederman, R.: It feels different from real life: users’ opinions of mobile applications for mental health. In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction, pp. 598–602 (2015)

    Google Scholar 

  2. Ayduk, Ö., Kross, E.: Analyzing negative experiences without ruminating: the role of self-distancing in enabling adaptive self-reflection. Soc. Pers. Psychol. Compass 4(10), 841–854 (2010)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  3. Ayduk, Ö., Kross, E.: From a distance: implications of spontaneous self-distancing for adaptive self-reflection. J. Pers. Soc. Psychol. 98(5), 809 (2010)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  4. Baumel, A., Muench, F., Edan, S., Kane, J.M.: Objective user engagement with mental health apps: systematic search and panel-based usage analysis. J. Med. Internet Res. 21(9), e14567 (2019)

    Google Scholar 

  5. Case, N.: Adventures with anxiety (2019)

    Google Scholar 

  6. Cowden, R.G., Meyer-Weitz, A.: Self-reflection and self-insight predict resilience and stress in competitive tennis. Soc. Behav. Personal. Int. J. 44(7), 1133–1149 (2016)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  7. Darcy, A., Daniels, J., Salinger, D., Wicks, P., Robinson, A., et al.: Evidence of human-level bonds established with a digital conversational agent: cross-sectional, retrospective observational study. JMIR Formative Res. 5(5), e27868 (2021)

    Google Scholar 

  8. Gameworks, P.: Paper cages (2019)

    Google Scholar 

  9. Greenberg, L.S.: Emotion-focused therapy. Clin. Psychol. Psychother.: Int. J. Theory Pract. 11(1), 3–16 (2004)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  10. Litvin, S., Saunders, R., Maier, M.A., Lüttke, S.: Gamification as an approach to improve resilience and reduce attrition in mobile mental health interventions: a randomized controlled trial. PloS One 15(9), e0237220 (2020)

    Google Scholar 

  11. Murray, J.H.: Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace. MIT Press (2017)

    Google Scholar 

  12. Nakajima, M., Takano, K., Tanno, Y.: Mindfulness relates to decreased depressive symptoms via enhancement of self-insight. Mindfulness 10(5), 894–902 (2019)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  13. Quinn, Z., Lindsey, P., Schankler, I.: Depression quest: an interactive (non) fiction about living with depression. DepressionQuest.com (2013). http://www.depressionquest.com

  14. Roth, C., Mekler, E.D., Bowman, N.: Transformative experience through interactive narrative. In: ICIDS 2020 International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (2020)

    Google Scholar 

  15. Schneider, T.R., Lyons, J.B., Khazon, S.: Emotional intelligence and resilience. Pers. Individ. Differ. 55(8), 909–914 (2013)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  16. Seligman, M.E.P., Csikszentmihalyi, M.: Positive psychology: an introduction. In: Csikszentmihalyi, M. (ed.) Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology, pp. 279–298. Springer, Dordrecht (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9088-8_18

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  17. Stein, D., Grant, A.M.: Disentangling the relationships among self-reflection, insight, and subjective well-being: the role of dysfunctional attitudes and core self-evaluations. J. Psychol. 148(5), 505–522 (2014)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  18. Tabibnia, G.: An affective neuroscience model of boosting resilience in adults. Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. 115, 321–350 (2020)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  19. Troy, A.S., Mauss, I.B.: Resilience in the face of stress: emotion regulation as a protective factor. Resilience Mental Health: Challenges Across Lifespan 1(2), 30–44 (2011)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  20. Tugade, M.M., Fredrickson, B.L.: Regulation of positive emotions: emotion regulation strategies that promote resilience. J. Happiness Stud. 8(3), 311–333 (2007)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Sarah Harmon .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2021 Springer Nature Switzerland AG

About this paper

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this paper

Harmon, S., Gale, H., Dermendzhiyska, E. (2021). The Magic of the In-Between: Mental Resilience Through Interactive Narrative. In: Mitchell, A., Vosmeer, M. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 13138. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92300-6_35

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92300-6_35

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Cham

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-030-92299-3

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-030-92300-6

  • eBook Packages: Computer ScienceComputer Science (R0)