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Feeling like a fraud? Everyone can experience impostor syndrome when trying something new and user researchers aren’t an exception. However, there are ways to ease this feeling and embrace the fear of failure. It’s time we started dealing with impostor syndrome. Let’s find out the ways to do that.

Dealing with Impostor Syndrome as a User Researcher
  • Nikki Anderson-Stanier, Founder at User Research Academy, shares her perspective on:
    • Their definition of imposter syndrome
    • Author’s experience of managing impostor syndrome throughout her career
    • Ways impostor syndrome manifests in user research
  • There are some ways to ease the feeling of being an impostor and embrace the fear of failure:
    • Try a different method or push yourself to present research in a new way.
    • Learn how to take feedback in stride.
    • Own and celebrate your achievements.
    • See yourself as a work-in-progress.
    • If you don’t know, ask for help.
    • Remember you are the expert on this subject.
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The REAL reason the Unconscious holds you back
  • The unconscious is not made up of thought but dictate behaviours that happen automatically and these are behaviours you may not be aware of.
  • Some of the ways that we unconsciously deflect attention and prevent ourselves from being seen:
    • Humour
    • Sarcasm
    • Intellectualism
    • Perfectionism
    • Isolation
  • The unconscious exists because the brain is a metabolically expansive structure.
  • The Ego and two things that are inherently wrong with working with the ego:
    1. When you invent a desired ego in an attempt to hide your mistakes.
    2. It is not healthy to keep things smooth and under control.
  • The problem with reprogramming the unconscious mind is subjecting the unconscious to see a certain way ****— essentially fabricating a new ego.
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What is identity and how to define it?

How humans understand identity
  • This article explores the different aspects of how a typical user understands concepts related to identity.
  • In order to explicitly understand abstract terms like “identity”, Nima Kamoosi**,** Founder at Universal Identity, suggests looking closely at the following points:
    • Definitions (reiteration of the basic terms and concepts)
    • Economic activities and mental models (our mental models have evolved with significant influence from the economic activities that help sustain us and our societies)
    • Multi-identity (a person’s self-identity morphs depending on the context of the social circle or context it is embedded in)
    • Identity as a tool (identity-related artifacts and tools)
  • The ultimate goal of understanding the mental models of typical users is building intuitive identity systems and applications.
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Empathy Building Ain’t Easy If You Do It Right

Stop Bastardizing Design with False Empathy
  • For empathy to be a successful part of design, it can’t just be an external reflection, it must be an internal activity that leads to transformative action.
  • Ovetta Sampson, principal design director at Microsoft, suggests considering 3 levels of empathy:
    1. Cognitive/intellectual empathy – talking to people, writing down what they said and sharing photos and quotes to communicate what they heard.
    2. Emotional empathy – when you feel what people feel, as though their emotions were contagious.
    3. Compassion empathy or empathetic concern – something we should thrive for when building empathy.
  • In order to build empathy in design, you need to decouple your experiences and your mental models associated with those experiences, from the product user.
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A New Design-Centered Meeting Framework: Better Capture the Product Design Narrative
  • Understanding what users feel when using the product is the path towards a great user experience.
  • A good starting point is to research who are the users and subsequently map their emotions at different stages of using the product.
  • Once users emotional background is figured out, it’s easier to frame problems, prevent negative emotions and build a greater user experience.

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The Practical Workbook for Product Experience Design

Experience Design For “Targeted” User Emotion
  • Understanding what users feel when using the product is the path towards a great user experience.
  • A good starting point is to research who are the users and subsequently map their emotions at different stages of using the product.
  • Once users emotional background is figured out, it’s easier to frame problems, prevent negative emotions and build a greater user experience.

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