When we explore evidence-based strategies from other disciplines that can help us elicit open and honest criticism, we stand to become better researchers. In this article, we want to look at affirmations and how they’ve helped me rebalance the power dynamic during qualitative sessions. Affirmations encourage people to display genuine behaviour in User Experience (UX).
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Affirmations are positive remarks that can help a person challenge and overcome negative and self-sabotaging thoughts. When you repeat them often and believe in them, you can start to see positive changes.
Affirmations are remarks and gestures that highlight user qualities and actions that contribute to good transformation, no matter how big or small. Affirmations boost one’s belief in one’s potential to change. Affirmations must be sincere and consistent with being successful.
Affirming a participant means recognizing and encouraging them when taking action-oriented steps toward engaging in constructive, self-serving behavior. Establishing trust and creating an open environment in which participants feel comfortable disclosing information to you is important.
It is critical to realize the power dynamic between the UX researcher and the participant. Participants come to our meetings with the idea that we are in charge. Furthermore, we are the ones who retell the tale; through this retelling, we build a reputation for ourselves in the profession. Although we compensate participants for their time, we are not UX Researchers until we have users.
Our role is to figure out how to advocate for users’ best interests while keeping business goals in mind.
The power dynamic will always exist to some extent. But it doesn’t imply we can’t narrow the gap. Perfecting the art of affirmation is one of the finest methods to break down that power dynamic and build a safe workplace over the years.
Remember that affirmations work best with other tactics like visualization and goal planning.