Being a tester for a long time affects your behavior? Answer is here!

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Monday August 10, 2020

Do you think that testing is an easy job? It has never been. The conflict is intense and the it’s stressful
testing is over meme
But what makes us continue what we are doing is the love towards QA. However, many have to pay a price for that sweet love! Without even they realizing it.
I talked to one of my friend lately and he was having an introspection of his life and said that being a tester has made him bit too attentive towards things, rather too much he said. He added that perfection has get hold of his life and has become roadblock for many things that could have been easily one.
I took it lightly at first, owing to the nature of the conversation. But unknowingly the words got stuck inside and came out in my lone time.
Is it true that there is only a thin line between work life and personal life? Do testers tend to be doubtful or suspicious more than a normal person would? In short, does our line of work affects us in a personality level?

What happens in the life of a tester as time pass by
Let’s admit it as testers; we all get pleasure out of poking things to see how things work. And it is indeed true we all have that evil master mind laugh when we find faults. It’s human nature.
Evil Laugh meme
But is it bad?
Absolutely no!
If you know how to harness such mindset for the greater good it’s absolutely fine. I know that many of you have! Bravo! Kudos to that.
You are all indeed awesome.
But some might not be able to draw that line between personal life and work life after effects of their work nature will breach their personal life.  Not just that,
In fact, many of my friends with whom I had conversation for the research purpose of this blog have admitted that they have rather become too attentive interrogative than they used to be.
To elaborate, They started watching things around them more closely as time passed by. Their eyes got hold of the negatives and demanded perfectness in whatever they do. To an extent it’s good, indeed! However, perfection is a colloquial term! Near perfection is achievable and it’s a realistic goal. Making things perfect is beyond humane intervention.
Research that showed us personality has great affect on testing skills and vice versa
You personality trait has great affect on your testing skills. Da Cunha and Greathead has done a research and found out that Logical and ingenious people tend to be great and code review.
Another research by Hana Almodaimeegh, revealed that Locus of control (the extent to which one believes that an event is the result of external factors than his/her own effort) has no effect on debugging skill of a tester. On the other hand, social learning style coupled with experience has high influence on the debugging skill.
There is one more research which can cement my claim. Beer and Ramler concluded that, testers with experience used their domain knowledge is much better in carrying out the testing process than others.

What does these studies converge to?
The effect is not just unidirectional. The way your personality and skills is related, your daily bread and butter has an effect on your behaviour too.
Trait Activation theory is an ample example of such personality-job fit

What should be done to keep that barrier strong?
Take a break, not for a kit-kat, your mind and body deserves it
Testers usually work for 8+ hours, But, at present many are working at home owing to the Corona pandemic situation and the work hours are turning out to be indefinite. So this can take a tool on your mental-health as prolonged stress is a killer. Most importantly major share of your active time is spend on scrutinizing software to find faults. So breaks are necessary to so things that have nothing to do with your work.

  1. Yes it’s a pandemonium! But planning can be so effective

Stress is an after effect of improper planning most of the time. If you set goals and time frame for it you will get a lot of personal time than usual. Thus, you can spend a lot of time with your friends and family.

  1. Accept the reality! There is no way to separate both lives

Dedicate time for both work and personal life will not work positively according to many researches. So the right thing to do here is to create a perfect balance between work and personal life.
It’s obvious that many personal matters will come in between your work time. Deal with it! It need not be discarded if it’s that important.

  1. Unplug yourself! It helps!

Be it work life or personal life, sometimes indulging is something that can calm you always help. For instance you can read book while your daily commute to office. By doing so you will be planted to an imaginary world where you can interact with unrealistic characters in the book. The process will decompress you from the stress. Too much of work will consume your natural behaviour and replace it with its.

  1. Personality conflicts are not mythical like a unicorn. It’s real! Address it

You might this coolest person. However; your work has put you in so much of stress that you started changing. Stress will soon engulf you and will make you this arrogant person that even you are not even used to. To get out of such a situation you need to address that there is this issue. Once you address it many possible ways out will be there.
Acceptance of the issue, understanding in and handling it in a professional way is the only to keep that barrier strong between work life and personal life. Third-party intervention is good, however, making sure that the person who is trying to help has the ability to help you.
We know very well that many of you testers have or have been handling the issue. Be proud that you have managed to suppress such conflicts and has emerged as exceptional testers and a good social human being. Those who are not able to cop-up, no problem, it’s usual that does not defy your skills or even how good you are at what you do. But to be happier, all you need is a better understanding an effective solution

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