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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.
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
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.
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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