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How to Overcome Shyness and Embarrassment

“Shyness and embarrassment are not individual emotions – they’re produced by a social dynamic that can be fixed through better design.

When we’re kids, we’re fearless – self-conscious emotions like shame and embarrassment are something we learn. Socialisation into a culture is important, of course, but we tend to overdo it: as we learn how to behave, we internalise critical voices and external judgement so strongly, that they actually prevent us from engaging in things we’d like to do.

In this talk from the 2014 Alibis for Interaction conference, play researcher Sebastian Deterding walks us through how these mechanisms work – and how to go about countering them. He presents a set of design patterns for creating social dynamics that allows for play, participation and experimentation without fear.” (from Youtube video description)