Abstract

This case study summarizes the development of a self-administered behavioral inter-vention for positive emotion regulation (PER) that gives users the freedom to choose their own positive behaviors. In contrast to the predominant practice of prescribing pos-itive behaviors (e.g., “keep a gratitude journal”), we explore whether – and how – open-ended instructions could permit users to self-select such behaviors themselves. Employ-ing a research-through-design approach over 4 iterations, our interventions utilize am-biguous prompts (e.g., ‘secret dance’ and ‘bring light’) intended to inspire users to first envision and then perform self-selected positive behaviors during their day-to-day lives. The authors engage in self-reflective exercises and/or collect user feedback with each it-eration to inform purposeful design choices intended to enhance user autonomy, inter-est, and subjective well-being. The case study concludes with a discussion of process-focused lessons for designers along with future research directions for enhancing user autonomy in behavioral interventions for PER.

Keywords

user autonomy, directional ambiguity, design for well-being, positive design

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Secret dance and bring light: Enhancing user autonomy with directional ambiguity in positive emotion regulation interventions

This case study summarizes the development of a self-administered behavioral inter-vention for positive emotion regulation (PER) that gives users the freedom to choose their own positive behaviors. In contrast to the predominant practice of prescribing pos-itive behaviors (e.g., “keep a gratitude journal”), we explore whether – and how – open-ended instructions could permit users to self-select such behaviors themselves. Employ-ing a research-through-design approach over 4 iterations, our interventions utilize am-biguous prompts (e.g., ‘secret dance’ and ‘bring light’) intended to inspire users to first envision and then perform self-selected positive behaviors during their day-to-day lives. The authors engage in self-reflective exercises and/or collect user feedback with each it-eration to inform purposeful design choices intended to enhance user autonomy, inter-est, and subjective well-being. The case study concludes with a discussion of process-focused lessons for designers along with future research directions for enhancing user autonomy in behavioral interventions for PER.

 

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