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Positive Psychology & the Architecture of Information Happiness


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Lesley Humphreys
Presentation at World IA Day, DC – February 21, 2015

The science of happiness has come a long way in recent decades: prominent scholars such as Martin Seligman, Tal Ben-Shahar, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi have studied and written about the impact that positive psychology can have in our lives. Csikszentmihalyi’s research on the concept of flow, in particular, is relevant to our work as information architects. Can we find the right mix of skills and challenges to bring our clients, our end users, and ourselves into the “flow” state of optimal experience? If we can achieve the right balance (in the stretch zone, as opposed to the panic zone!) happiness is found in the sense of accomplishment at what we’ve achieved.

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Positive Psychology & the Architecture of Information Happiness

  1. 1. Lesley  Humphreys   IA  /  Interac5on  Designer @leslo                      @design4context   Posi%ve  Psychology  &  the   Architecture  of  Informa%on   Happiness   WORLD  INFORMATION  ARCHITECTURE  DAY   Washington,  DC,  21  February  2015  
  2. 2. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 2   INFORMATION  ARCHITECT  &  INTERACTION   DESIGNER     Lesley  specializes  in  the  user-­‐centered  design  of   rich  informa5on  sites  and  applica5ons.   Lesley  Humphreys   Design  for  Context
  3. 3. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 3  
  4. 4. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 4   PosiNve  Psychology   ●  Can  we  promote  posiNve  development  by  examining  well-­‐being?   ●  Abraham  Maslow,  1954   ●  MarNn  Seligman,  U.  of  Pennsylvania   ●  Tal  Ben-­‐Shahar,  Harvard   ●  Mihaly  Csikszentmihalyi,     Claremont  Graduate  University  
  5. 5. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 5   When  do  people  feel  most  happy?   “…not  the  passive,  recepNve,  relaxing  Nmes.”     “…but  when  a  person’s  body  or  mind  is  stretched  to  its   limits  to  accomplish  something  difficult  and  worthwhile.”    
  6. 6. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 6   Differen*a*on:  is  movement  towards   uniqueness,  a  separaNon  of  the  self,  by   developing  your  skills.     6 Integra*on:  is  the  opposite,  when  you   combine  those  skills  with  ideas  and   enNNes  beyond  the  self.    
  7. 7. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 “There’s  no  place  that  more   draws  the  best  from  human   beings  than  a  mountaineering   situa*on…People  a>er  the   same  self-­‐discipline  as   yourself,  following  the  deeper   commitment…A  bond  like  that   with  other  people  is  in  itself  an   ecstasy.”   7  
  8. 8. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 Anxiety   Boredom   Challenges(high) 0 (low) Skills 0 (high)(low) Flow   Channel   A1   A4   A3   A2   8   Credit:  Mihaly  Csikszentmihalyi,  Flow:  the  Psychology  of  Op2mal  Experience      
  9. 9. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 Anxiety   Challenges(high) 0 (low) Boredom   Skills 0 (high)(low) Flow   Channel   A1   A4   A3   A2   9   A5   A8   A7   A6  
  10. 10. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 Flow   Channel   A1   A2   A4   • As  pracNNoners,  we’re  part  of  a   community  that  does  this   organically   • We  come  together,   collaborate,  &  build  our  skills   • We  need  new  project   challenges  to  exercise  these   skills   10   Skills
  11. 11. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 Flow   Channel   A1   A3   A4   • Our  clients  come  to  us  with   the  challenges   • We  bring  the  skills  we’ve   been  building   • Our  role  is  to  design  together   for  the  end  user  to  also  have   this  flow  experience   11   Challenges
  12. 12. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 12   Credit:  Jim  Seida  /  NBC  News   Happiness  is  a  growth  experience    
  13. 13. @design4context              @leslo            @WIAD_DC        Posi5ve  Psychology  &  Informa5on  Happiness        WIAD  DC  2015 13   Please Contact: Lesley Humphreys Information Architect, Interaction Designer Thank  you.