Beautiful Security

Psychological Security Traps

Learned Helplessness

  • Stems from repeated frustration and failure when trying to achieve a goal or remove oneself from a bad situation. Eventually after continued failure, the individual will simply give up and refuse to continue trying - even after new chances come along.
  • We can overcome learned helplessness and naivete by ensuring that initial decisions do not shut off creative thinking.

Confirmation Traps

  • When designing testing strategies we look for ways to /confirm/ our beliefs about how the software functions rather than /refute/ our beliefs about it. In example, trying to make software crash by deliberately doing things we would orinarily say “Why would the user ever do that?”
  • We can overcome confirmation traps by seeing inputs from diverse populations and forcing ourselves to try to refute assumptions

Functional Fixation

  • The inability to see uses for something beyond the commonly presented use for it. Examples include using a hammer for an offensive weapon or a counterweight, a quarter as a screwdriver or a projectile, etc.
  • We can overcome functional fixation by looking for alternative uses for our tools as well as alternative paths to achieve our goals.
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