AUT: Anxiety Under Test - Gem Hill
I have been diagnosed with anxiety. It means doing my job is difficult - fear of confrontation + imposter syndrome over a layer of constant worry is not ideal for a tester. Giving unwelcome news or information is never a fun time, especially when you're anxious about your performance and skills, and being blamed for rocking the boat.
However, I have used some of the techniques taught to me in therapy to help me become a better tester.
The talk covers anxiety and how it affects me, then:
- Focus/defocus and mindfulness
- Note taking and how writing things down can be powerful
- Responding vs. reacting and fight vs. flight
- Empathy, and kindness
Each of these can help with testing regardless of mental health status, and I'll talk through how these work. I'll also flag how these can be used to monitor your own mental health, so you can keep yourself mentally healthy as well as physically healthy.
Mental Health as a Tester - David Williams00:40:23
I Have A Secret - Anusha Nirmalananthan00:38:52
Be Excellent to Each Other - Christopher Chant00:31:28
The Anxious Tester - Chris Kelly00:29:09
The Fraud Squad - Learning to manage Impostor Syndrome as a Tester - Claire Reckless00:29:40
Do Testers Need a Thick Skin? Or Should We Admit We’re Simply Human? – Nicola Sedgwick00:27:45
Have You Tried...? with Gem Hill00:30:31
Inspiration ...and Burnout - Maryam Umar00:44:52