A number of great frameworks have emerged, each offering a different perspective by which to discuss principles of human behavior. Some of my favorites:. As an example, when it came to write the chapter in my book that comments on gamification, I started by focusing on 8 principles that I consider core motivators; this includes things like Curiosity, Competition, or Self-Expression.
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Designing for emotion has attracted a lot of attention over the last several years. The bad news is that the conversation often narrows in on very a specific set of examples, namely those things that excite the brain. While this is certainly important, it ignores much of what is or should be included in conversations around emotion.
For example, without emotions, we are unable to make decisions.
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The field of behavioral economics has essentially shown that we are not rational creatures. Our motivations are often irrational—why else would we care about mayorships or closing an information gap? I was recently invited to do an internal keynote where the theme was designing for emotions. I was struggling to adapt my talk essentially about human behaviors to the emotional design theme; this is when the gap between what I normally discuss and the more popular emotional design conversations became evident. Opportunity: I could open by talking about humor, delight, visual imagery, and then segue into the broader view of what it means to really design for emotions, thinking about how we make decisions, how we perceive things, what motivates us and what reinforces those motivations.
This is not a 6 sided die you roll. Each side is a lens by which to organize principles of human behavior. As you change the focal point, a different cluster of things rises to face you. It is this metaphor freed me up to suggest 5 different groupings or ways to discuss the principles of human behavior identified in the Mental Notes card deck. To be clear, these lenses all compliment each other nicely, and the boundaries between the focal areas are fuzzy lines, not hard distinctions.
But, I feel like this is a great structure for moving forward the practical design conversations focused on principles of human behavior. Then we can talk about ways to encourage that behavior. We can then talk about ways to excite people, influence decisions, and so on. The Mental Notes Behavior Cube. So… enjoy!
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We also talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves, and how to create boundaries to avoid helper burnout. Holly Hinckley and I have been acquainted for years but our relationship really became cemented as I became increasingly public and even vitriolic on social media about the Mormon faith after I left it. I lost most of my Mormon friends during this time which was not unexpected nor surprising but it was and continues to be painful. I was increasingly intrigued though as I watched Holly remain steadfast in her affection and interactions toward me.
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She didn't unfriend, she never unfollowed. She never had an angry retort. What was weird is that nobody I knew had higher personal stakes in the Mormon church than her. Hinckley, Mormonism's equivalent of Pope Francis.
Her father has always held prominent positions in the church. Holly herself is a returned missionary and devout member of the faith. I reached out to express my gratitude for her friendship and ask her how she managed to maintain it given how angry and relentless I have been in decrying the church and it's leaders. In this conversation we talk about that, about maintaining relationships despite huge differences in beliefs she married into a non Mormon family her time spent in my Homeland, her parenting, and what it was like growing up as "Mormon royalty".
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