MFA Thesis Exhibition

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Nakia Shelton

Using Design Thinking to Explore Burnout Among Designers in the Workplace and Propose Solutions

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Persona Profiles

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Mind Map

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Thesis Sample

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Burnout is an occupational phenomenon and is defined as a “psychological syndrome in response to chronic interpersonal stressors on the job” (Maslach, Schaufeli, & Leiter, 2001, pg. 399; World Health Organization, 2019a; World Health Organization, 2019b). Three key dimensions of this response are an overwhelming exhaustion, depersonalization/cynicism, and reduced efficacy or accomplishment (Maslach, Jackson, & Leiter, 1996; Maslach et al., 2001).

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Betsy Tuma

Examining the Intersection of Humor and Creativity

Word Clouds

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Creative Matrix

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Worksheets

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Thesis Sample

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It's no secret that comedic improvisation takes a quick mind, active listening skills, and a willingness to explore the unexpected. The same skills are at the heart of ideation and innovation. Creatively confident individuals are willing to take risks, fail, and work at the edges of their comfort zone in order to find creative solutions to problems. Creative confidence builds on the social cognitive theory of psychology which states that social interactions are an important part of how people learn new skills.

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