Your Emotional API v2.1

Your Emotional API v2.1

Being a good developer isn't just about slinging code; we're part of a community. Interacting with others in a community means feelings are involved.

But feelings are messy and uncomfortable, so why can't you just ignore them? Because emotional skills are critical for working well on a team, and for writing code every day.

In this talk you’ll learn how emotions are affecting you by modeling them as an API and looking at the code.

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Emotional API

September 19, 2017
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  1. Your Emotional API How to be a better developer by

    being a better human DevOps Days Boston 2017 v2
  2. @emotionalAPI John Sawers Founder and CTO of Data Simply Senior

    Developer at Privia Health @emotionalapi @johnksawers http://emotionalapi.com he/his/him
  3. “Emotions just make so much sense to me” — No

    One Ever
  4. @emotionalAPI • Cry • Make a Scene • Whine •

    Yell Don’t
  5. @emotionalAPI Do

  6. @emotionalAPI We’re on our own

  7. “Trying not to feel something doesn’t work, and in some

    cases even backfires” David Rock Your Brain At Work[11]
  8. Better Human? @emotionalAPI

  9. @emotionalAPI Better Developer?

  10. @emotionalAPI post '/feels/anger' do
 ...
 end
 post '/feels/sadness' do
 ...


    end
 post '/feels/fear' do
 ...
 end
 post '/feels/shame' do
 ...
 end
 post '/feels/joy' do
 ...
 end
 post '/feels/love' do
 ...
 end
 Endpoints
  11. @emotionalAPI Aliases delete '/job/12', 301: '/feels/sadness'
 put '/events/mother/visit', 301: '/feels/anger'


    put '/baby/new', 301: '/feels/fear'
 post '/people/co-worker/comments/jerk', 301: '/feels/anger'
 get '/people/boss/compliment', 301: '/feels/pride
  12. @emotionalAPI Methods delete '/job/:id'
 100.times do
 Thread.new(post('/feels/fear')
 end
 20.times do


    Thread.new(post('/feels/sadness')
 end
 end
  13. @emotionalAPI It Is A Public API The Bad News

  14. “But feelings are icky, and I don’t wanna” — You,

    probably
  15. @emotionalAPI Coding Solo

  16. @emotionalAPI Cognitive Problems

  17. @emotionalAPI Cognitive Problems • Poorer Executive Function [1]

  18. @emotionalAPI Cognitive Problems • Poorer Executive Function [1] • Poorer

    Short Term Memory [2]
  19. @emotionalAPI Cognitive Problems • Poorer Executive Function [1] • Poorer

    Short Term Memory [2] • Lower ability to handle stress and cope with crisis [3]
  20. @emotionalAPI Cognitive & Health Benefits • “not just in improved

    behavior but in measurable academic achievement.”[5] • “measurable health advantage”[9]
  21. @emotionalAPI Coding Together

  22. @emotionalAPI Cognitive Problems • More self-centered [4]

  23. @emotionalAPI Cognitive & Social Benefits • “Subjects made to feel

    powerful judged emotional expression more accurately.”[7]
  24. @emotionalAPI Cognitive & Social Benefits • “Subjects made to feel

    powerful judged emotional expression more accurately.”[7] • Help others with their emotional challenges
  25. @emotionalAPI Cognitive & Social Benefits • “Subjects made to feel

    powerful judged emotional expression more accurately.”[7] • Help others with their emotional challenges • Empathy!
  26. @emotionalAPI Cognitive & Social Benefits • “Subjects made to feel

    powerful judged emotional expression more accurately.”[7] • Help others with their emotional challenges • Empathy! • Better career advancement[8]
  27. Scenarios

  28. @emotionalAPI Degraded Cognition

  29. @emotionalAPI Advocate for Ideas

  30. @emotionalAPI Code Reviews

  31. @emotionalAPI Distraction

  32. @emotionalAPI Problematic Teammates

  33. @emotionalAPI Impostor Syndrome

  34. @emotionalAPI Interviewed, Hired, Fired

  35. @emotionalAPI Manage & Mentor

  36. http://frontside.io/ Senior Software Developer

  37. Soft Skills Super Hard Skills

  38. Toolkit

  39. @emotionalAPI Level 1: Conceptual Tools Level 2: On Your Own

    Level 3: With Someone Else Level 4: With a Group
  40. @emotionalAPI Level 1 Conceptual Tools

  41. @emotionalAPI You Control The Implementation

  42. @emotionalAPI You can control where and when you express your

    feelings (But you don’t have to)
  43. @emotionalAPI get('/feels/anger').perform_later

  44. @emotionalAPI They Don’t Mean Anything

  45. @emotionalAPI Fear of Loss of Control

  46. @emotionalAPI Feelings are Enumerable, not Boolean

  47. @emotionalAPI There Is No Should

  48. @emotionalAPI Level 2 On Your Own

  49. @emotionalAPI Rubber Duck Debugging

  50. @emotionalAPI Talking “…consciously recognizing the emotions reduced their impact.” David

    Rock Your Brain At Work[10]
  51. @emotionalAPI Try Lots of Words

  52. @emotionalAPI “I feel” vs. “I am”

  53. @emotionalAPI Emotional Retro

  54. @emotionalAPI Move Your Body

  55. @emotionalAPI Move Your Body Dancing • Singing • Exercise

  56. @emotionalAPI Level 3 With Another Person

  57. @emotionalAPI Talking

  58. @emotionalAPI Feel first

  59. @emotionalAPI Feel first

  60. @emotionalAPI Emotional Mentorship

  61. @emotionalAPI Open Sourcing Mental Illness is a campaign founded by

    Ed Finkler to change how we deal with mental health in the tech community. https://osmihelp.org/ @OSMIhelp
  62. @emotionalAPI Level 4 With A Group

  63. @emotionalAPI How did I get here? “…an intensive 20-hr Weekend

    Retreat in which you will explore your erroneous belief systems, learn to appropriately express emotions in a manner that heals…” Purpose • Passion • Peace http://aliceamos.me/p3retreat/
  64. GET /feels/

  65. @emotionalAPI Me

  66. @emotionalAPI GET '/events/something/trivial' ⬇ POST ‘/feels/anger'

  67. @emotionalAPI Do

  68. @emotionalAPI Safe Space

  69. @emotionalAPI Throw A Fit

  70. @emotionalAPI Throw A Fit

  71. GET /feels/

  72. @emotionalAPI delete ‘/v5/parents/marriage’
 
 post ‘/v6/parents/:dad_id/set_emotional_distance/1000’
 
 post ‘/v8/parents/:dad_id/diseases/cancer’
 


    delete ‘/v17/parents/:dad_id’
  73. @emotionalAPI /v5 delete ‘/v5/parents/marriage’ do
 20.times.do {
 Thread.new(get('/feels/fear'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/sadness'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/blame'))


    }
 delete('/feels/self_worth')
 end
  74. @emotionalAPI /v8 post /v8/parents/:dad_id/diseases/cancer do
 20.times.do {
 Thread.new(delete('/v5/parents/marriage'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/fear'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/sadness'))


    }
 end
  75. @emotionalAPI /v17 def ‘/v17/parents/:dad_id’ do
 1000.times.do {
 Thread.new(post('/v8/parents/:dad_id/diseases/cancer'))
 Thread.new(delete('/v5/parents/marriage'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/anger'))


    Thread.new(get('/feels/sadness'))
 }
 end
  76. @emotionalAPI Stack Trace NoMethodError - undefined method `paternal_approval’ for BossClass:

    /me/feels/panic.rb:9:in `initialize' /me/feels/love/daddy:14:in `none_for_you’ /me/feels/fear/mistake/guaranteed_to_be_fired:21:in `realize_mistake’ /me/events/releases/prod/bug_count/metrics.rb:39:in `count_bugs’
  77. @emotionalAPI Stack Trace NoMethodError - undefined method `paternal_approval’ for BossClass:

    /me/feels/panic.rb:9:in `initialize' /me/feels/love/daddy:14:in `none_for_you’ /me/feels/fear/mistake/guaranteed_to_be_fired:21:in `realize_mistake’ /me/events/releases/prod/bug_count/metrics.rb:39:in `count_bugs’
  78. “Crying doesn’t indicate you are weak, since birth it has

    always been a sign to indicate you are alive” — attributed to Charlotte Brontë
  79. @emotionalAPI /v17 def ‘/v17/parents/:dad_id’ do
 1000.times.do {
 Thread.new(post('/v8/parents/:dad_id/diseases/cancer'))
 Thread.new(delete('/v5/parents/marriage'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/anger'))


    Thread.new(get('/feels/sadness'))
 }
 end
  80. @emotionalAPI Diff def ‘/v17/parents/:dad_id’ do
 1000.times.do { 500.times.do {
 Thread.new(post('/v8/parents/:dad_id/diseases/cancer'))


    Thread.new(delete('/v5/parents/marriage'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/anger'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/sadness'))
 }
 end
  81. @emotionalAPI Diff get ‘/me/events/releases/prod/bugs/count_high’ do
 Thread.new(get('/feels/unloved'))
 Thread.new(get('/feels/panic'))
 puts 'oops'
 fix_it


    move_on
 end
  82. @emotionalAPI Baggage

  83. @emotionalAPI The Ultimate Goal

  84. @emotionalAPI Best Practices

  85. @emotionalAPI Pick One Thing

  86. @emotionalAPI Compassion

  87. DEEP BREATH

  88. @emotionalAPI Thank You So Much Slides: https://speakerdeck.com/johnksawers/your-emotional-api-how-to-be-a-better- developer-by-being-a-better-human-v2 Videos: http://emotionalapi.com

    Twitter: @emotionalAPI
  89. @emotionalAPI Come get a feel wheel! I’d love to hear

    what your ‘one thing’ is
  90. @emotionalAPI References [1],[2] “…a lack of power impairs our cognitive

    function.’ Amy Cuddy, Presence 119 [3] “In fact, people who have a high sense of personal control…cope significantly better in crisis…because their executive functions are intact” Amy Cuddy, Presence, 136 [4] “Powerlessness makes us self-absorbed” Amy Cuddy, Presence 121 [5] “Helping children improve their self-awareness and confidence, manage their disturbing emotional impulses and increase their empathy pays off not just in improved behavior but in measurable academic achievement.” — Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence xi [6] “The [people who feel] powerful process information more abstractly, integrating information to extract the gist, detecting patterns and relationships” Smith, P.K., Dijkterhuis, A, & Wigbuldus, D.H. Psychology Science, 19, 1258-1259 [7] “Subjects made to feel powerful judged emotional expression more accurately.” Amy Cuddy, Presence 127 [8] “…having high leadership potential were far stronger in EI competencies…” Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence xiii [9] “Those who can mange their emotional lives with more calm and self-awareness … have … distinct and measurable health advantage … confirmed by many studies” Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence xi [10] “…when they were asked to name the emotion, the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex activated and reduced the emotional amygdala reactivity. In other words, consciously recognizing the emotions reduced their impact.” David Rock, Your Brain At Work 127 [11] Gross found that people who tried to suppress a negative emotional experience failed to do so. While they thought they looked fine outwardly, inwardly their limbic system was just as aroused as without suppression. Trying not to feel something doesn’t work, and in some cases even backfires. David Rock, Your Brain At Work 119