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Confusing worry with problem-solving

Confusing worry with problem-solving

Worry is defined as a negative thinking pattern about unresolved and fearsome issues that could have serious consequences.

In life, we all have problems. But sometimes, when we are trying to use our energy to focus on solving these problems, we direct our energy to worry.

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Changing worrying patterns

There is no such thing as "good worry". Instead of worrying, try to do the following:

  • When you want to focus on the problem, do so in an open-minded, calm, and non-judgmental way.
  • Define the problem.
  • Identify your ultimate goals.
  • Remember to think positive....

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Worrying does not help you to solve a problem

Research shows that when asked why people worry, many say it's because they are trying to solve problems. Another study found that people believe worry is necessary to find the best solutions.

Recognising the difference and moving away from worry can help ...

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Worry and problem-solving: Why we confuse the two processes

Just thinking about our problem can make us feel anxious.

It causes us to worry about the issue instead of focusing on the problem objectively. Worry also feels productive. But mulling over possible outcomes (mostly the bad ones) won't get us anywhere.

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How to tell when you're worrying vs problem-solving

  • When you're thinking about an issue, do you feel tense, distressed, and upset?
  • Are you spending your time focusing on how bad the outcomes could be?
  • Do you immediately dismiss all your solutions as ineffective?

If you answered yes to these questions, you migh...

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Why worry interferes with problem-solving

While anxiety is normal when you first identify a threat, it's not helpful when you're trying to solve a problem.

  • Worrying makes us feel bad, that can cloud our judgment.
  • When we worry, it takes a lot of mental effort to sto...

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In our course on discoveries at our UX Conference, we talk about the importance of solving the right problem. Discovery research commonly results in learning about the problem space. This knowledge should be used to generate solutions that solve real user problems.

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