James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. The best-selling guide to overcoming creative blocks and unleashing a torrent of great ideas-updated for a new generation of problem solvers. Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts. He identifies different kinds of blocks – perceptual, emotional, cultural and intellectual – which limit.

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Best part of the book is total absence of “get rich quick” stand. We cannot process all of the data available to us in raw form. All of these factors are important for success.

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Vertical vs Lateral thinking – Saturation: A concept may be so contrary to the logical progress of the problem solution, precedent, or common intuition, that it may cause laughter. From New Think by Edward de Bono: Much of the value of this book is working through the exercises throughout, so if you are really interested in the material, you should read it for yourself. Aug arams, Scott rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It is also important to be able to relax in the midst of problem-solving.

The mind, therefore, depends heavily on structures, models, and stereotypes. But if the hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place.

In the case of a creative mind, it seems to me, the intellect has withdrawn its watchers from the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does it review and inspect the multitude. Thus, we see the almost incredible ability of students to sit totally confused in a class in a university that costs thousands of dollars a year to attend and not ask questions.

Mar 01, Dan rated it liked it. A conceptual block is anything that blocks someone from having a good idea. Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at the end. Adams Snippet view – However, the ability to tolerate chaos is a must.

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Techniques are will allow you to overcome these blocks Chapter 8: The range of areas covered is impressive for a book of this size and the reader’s guide at the end looks like a gold mine for further reading.

Best book i ever read on this theme.

To familiarize yourself with a tool, you may experiment with it, test it in different situations, and evaluate its usefulness. A Guide to Better Ideas. First of all, newly jamess ideas are fragile and imperfect–they need time to mature and acquire the detail needed to make them believable.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas by James L. Adams

Plus, the exercises are fun! Arthur Koestler was an important writer who among other topics, treated conceptualization. To ask other readers questions about Conceptual Blockbustingplease sign up. Jan 23, yoas rated it really liked it. Logic is the tool that is used to dig holes deeper and bigger, to make them altogether better holes. The questioning attitude is important because a majority of knowledge comes from observation and questioning.

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The same method can be applied to conceptual tools. A questioning attitude also forces you to not accept the status quo, further forcing you to innovate and see needs and problems. A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: Integrating insights from the worlds conceptuwl psychology, engineering, management, art, and blofkbusting, Adams identifies the key blocks perceptual, emotional, cultural, environmental, intellectual, blockbustijg expressive that prevent us from realizing the full potential of our fertile minds.

You worthy critics, or whatever you may call yourselves, are ashamed or afraid of the momentary and passing madness which is found in all real creations, the longer or shorter duration of which distinguishes the thinking artist from the dreamer. You should allow the mind to struggle with problems over time.

Guilford Jim Bagnall judgment language large organizations M. Expressive blocks result in difficulties communicating thoughts and ideas. The books then takes on the hard task of making us realize what hinders our thinking ability. Published October afams by Basic Books first published January 1st They include emotional blocks like the fear of taking a risk, no appetite for chaos, and judging rather than generating new ideas.


The first half of the book describes different types of conceptual blocks and contains a number of exercises to help the reader understand the blocks and how to avoid them.

Doing so, we may lose the value jamea potentially better, more elegant solutions that were not the first to come to our minds. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. They live inside our ego and super-ego, our mental guards that are able to prevent insane or non-acceptable thoughts to come to our conscious minds.

Trivia About Conceptual Blockb Apparently, it is not good and indeed it hinders the creative work of the mind – if the intellect examines too closely the ideas already pouring in, as it were, at the gates.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Oct 28, Mary Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: Alternate Thinking Language – This chapter stresses on alternating between a verbal, a mathematical and a visual approach to solving problems – One of the things you can do to enhance your seeing ability is to see things and then draw them – Visual imagery is both how sharp and filled the details are in your conceptuak and the second is control how well you can manipulate them Chapter 7: Notify me of new comments via email.

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