First steps to generating a list of care labels

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To get started I wrote a massive list of the kind of needs I thought people would feel the need to express using care labels. They fall into these general categories:

Sustenance

  • have a cup of tea and a chat
  • share a meal and talk

Communication

  • call me
  • text me
  • Facebook / Twitter / G+ me

Mood-related

  • handle with care
  • no questions
  • no difficult questions
  • smile at me
  • be patient with me
  • let me be alone
  • don’t take offence

Openness

  • ask me how I am
  • be listened to
  • to listen to you
  • smile at me
  • introduce me to a friend
  • include me in your plans
  • tell me the truth

Physical presence

  • just be there
  • share a hug
  • need some space
  • approach with caution
  • leave me alone
  • spend some time together one-to-one
  • spend some time together in a group

Entertainment

  • celebrate with me
  • a good night out
  • have a laugh
  • see some comedy
  • watch a film
  • go to the theatre
  • dancing / clubbing

As you can see there is some room for fluidity in these categories, with several suggested care labels fitting into more than one list. I suspect there may be a Venn diagram in there somewhere and will be having a look at that next.

Mood scores

Additionally, I came up with the possibility of adding a score of 0-100. This is what the mood-tracking website MoodScope allows you to. This level of detail would not be possible with care label beads that only allowed for four variations, but could be stripped down to:

  •  < 25
  •  25 – 50
  •  50 – 75
  •  > 75

Is there anything obvious I have missed? Please add your thoughts to the comments below.

You can read more about the thinking behind Care Labels For Humans on the About page.