My thesis is a visual communication of the “thinking trap”. I want to explore how design might help to express and improve the feeling of cognitive disorder and help people rebuild healthy-thinking habits.
“Thinking traps” are patterns of thought that tend to trigger feelings of negativity and trap us in anxiety. This project creates messages designed to help people recognize their negative thoughts and understand their mind better. The videos, which are designed to appeal to tweens, teens, and young adults, visualize three common thinking traps: Blaming, Labeling and Downplaying.

"It's all my fault."
Blaming distracts us from accepting an existing situation or solving a problem. Instead of blaming ourselves or finding someone else to blame for a problem, we should take action to improve the situation.

"I am stupid."
Sometimes we talk to ourselves or others in hostile ways. Using negative labels to describe a person reduces them to a few harsh words. Removing labels lets people shine.
"I am not good enough."
Sometimes we tell ourselves that our positive qualities or achievements are unimportant or do not count. At other times, we transform neutral or positive experiences into negative ones. Learn to celebrate the positive.


Audiences interact with the exhibits.

01. Ideation and storyboards
02. prototype and video shooting
I am using paper as the medium in all my videos and exhibition because the paper is fragile and delicate just like our thinking traps. Then, I animated and shooting the video in the green room. For the best result of the animation, Instead of stop motion, I animated the live-video.
I bought card board and made 6 small rotatable model cut on the board and rolled fishline around six models under the board. I connected each line to the leaves and pulling the line to make the leaf wilt.

Special thanks to
Ellen Lupton 
Jennifer Cole Phillips
Jason Gottlieb
Abraham Burickson
Shane Moritz
Vishnu Venugopal

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