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How to School Your Mind to Think Laterally

You need to think out of the box. That is what people say very often. But they never tell you HOW to do it!Thinking laterally can perhaps be described as the non-standard approach to problem solving. This is the kind of thinking that is executed when you feel trapped in a deadlock. To do this, you need a creative spirit that is pushed to the limit. Unlike a vertical thinker who is analytical, rigid, and precise, a lateral thinker is implausible, flexible, and guileful.

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How to School Your Mind to Think Laterally

  1. 1. HOW TO SCHOOL YOUR MIND TO THINK LATERALLY WHAT IS LATERAL THINKING ANYWAY? Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by EDWARD DE BONO. According to de Bono, lateral thinking deliberately distances itself from standard perceptions of creativity as either "vertical" logic (the classic method for problem solving: working out the solution step-by-step from the given data) or "horizontal" imagination (having a thousand ideas but being unconcerned with the detailed implementation of them). Edward de Bono is a Maltese physician, author, inventor and consultant. He originated the term lateral thinking, wrote the book Six Thinking Hats and is a proponent of the teaching of THINKING as a subject in schools. TO THINK LATERALLY OR VERTICALLY Lateral thinking refers to the ability to make decisions using unconventional and 'unlawful' thinking techniques without invoking linear assumptions or logical reasoning.  Unlike adversarial (vertical) thinking where solutions to problems are inspired by related arguments, LATERAL THINKING IS NOT STRAIGHTFORWARD. VERTICAL THINKING IS EVOLUTION satisfying solutionyour mind stop when it reaches Using lateral thinking we should try to acknowledge the promising approach (we may return to it later) and go on generating other alternatives. The lateral search for alternatives is deliberate whilst the natural search for alternatives is more often just an intention not a fact. The most BASIC PRINCIPLE OF LATERAL THINKING you should always keep in mind is that any given way of looking at things is only one from among many (sometimes endless) other possible ways. www.1882.com.au/blog To learn more about living a better, more creative & more satisfying life, simply visit our blog and subscribe to our newsletter. We are dedicated to paying attention to people that matter, things that are worth it and theories that make life better. One of the most renown books on lateral thinking is a textbook of creativity titled accordingly Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono. It shows how the habit of lateral thinking can be encouraged and new ideas generated. LATERALTHINKINGISREVOLUTION