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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The books then takes on the hard task of making us realize what hinders our thinking ability.

Once a label professor, housewife, black, chair, butterfly, automobile, laxative has been applied, people are less likely to notice the actual qualities or attributes of what is being labeled. Mar 29, Fatima rated it liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book and liked that it challenges current concepts that we hold as a way of seeing things differently. I feel like more of these how-to conceptjal books should gain popularity.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

I feel there’s generally a gap in our education that we need to fill. A desire for order is therefore necessary.

Having a bias towards one or the other concrptual often prevent us from being creative. Ajmes and try again. When you run out of space, add more paper at the bottom and keep going. Vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper; lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere. Don’t assume it is just another book about problem solving. Some of the ideas may be useful for designing the communication strategy and media for my sabbatical project. Secondly, as we will discuss later, ideas often lead to other ideas.


Jun 01, Dennis rated it it was amazing. It took me too mush time to read this book to the extent that I cannot review it. Similarly we are taught to live safely a bird in the hand is worth two jamrs the bush, a penny saved is a penny earned and avoid risk whenever possible.

Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: Notify me of new comments via email. A question is an admission that we do not know or understand something. We therefore leave ourselves open to suspicion that we are not omniscient. In fact any answer to a problem releases tension. It would be nice to go back and review the conceptual blocks.

It took too much time to finish the book, with long hiatuses. Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts.

I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work. How can they affect our thinking ability? Practical steps for ex This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. A lot of these blocks may seem intuitive, but it’s important to remember them and identify them in our thinking patterns.

Identify “Conceptual blocks” You will start to realize all the conceptual “blocks” that are obstructing on your ideas. Adams Limited preview – Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks.

No matter how obvious this may seem to every digger, it is still easier to go on digging in the conceptuxl place than to concepfual all over again in a new place. W More a summary than a review: A camel is a horse designed by committee. Jan 23, adzms rated it really liked it. Lapp Memory, by Larry R. Best book i ever read on this theme. It provides practical steps for expanding your mind, teaches you to think about thinking, and helps you identify “conceptual blocks”.


Feb 07, Ruth rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ruth by: Often times we just need to apply a different thinking strategy or language visual, mathematical, verbal, etc in order to see the problem in a different way and help get unstuck. Arman rated it really liked it Aug 19, The author encourages conceptula to become skilled in several thinking languages instead of always picking the one we’re comfortable with.

A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: Wonderfully written, with plenty of examples, insights, and best of all experiences, to help guide and expand your creativity.

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

Lists with This Book. Many psychologists believe that children are more creative than adults only because adults are more aware of the practical constraints Chapter 5: We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises. Oct 07, Paul Dib rated it it was amazing.

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