Attitude is everything. You become what you think. Our thought process is that powerful. Many of us get struck at many situations, because we start thinking about the problem and not the ways to “come out of it, the solutions”. It is natural as we are not trained in “out of the box” thinking or “lateral” thinking. The Art of Brain gives training in lateral thinking so the children starts from very simple to complex problem solving practices. Divergent thinking, Out-of-the-box thinking and Lateral thinking (thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity)
Make better decisions through critical thinking and creative problem solving; Adapt to different thinking styles in group and team environments; Foster an innovative environment in your class; Recognize and remove barriers to individual and group creativity; Systematically analyze a target problem; Present your ideas clearly and concisely for maximum people.
Divergent thinking ability plays an important role in many learning activities.
Creative production is often characterized by the divergent nature of human thought and action. Divergence is usually indicated by the ability to generate many, or more complex or complicated, ideas from one idea or from simple ideas or triggers. Traditionally the eight elements below are ones commonly thought of as inherent elements of creative production, as well as attributes associated with creative problem solving abilities.
Fluency – The ability to generate a number of ideas so that there is an increase of possible solutions or related products.
Flexibility – The ability to produce different categories or perceptions whereby there are a variety of different ideas about the same problem or thing.
Elaboration – The ability to add to, embellish, or build off of an idea or product.
Originality – The ability to create fresh, unique, unusual, totally new, or extremely different ideas or products
Complexity – The ability to conceptualize difficult, intricate, many layered or multifaceted ideas or products.
Risk-taking – The willingness to be courageous, adventuresome, daring — trying new things or taking risks in order to stand apart.
Imagination – The ability to dream up, invent, or to see, to think, to conceptualize new ideas or products to be ingenious.
Curiosity – The trait of exhibiting probing behaviors, asking and posing questions, searching, being able to look deeper into ideas, and the wanting to know more about something.
Many problems require a different prespective to solve successfully.
Lateral Thinking Quiz
A graduate applying for pilot training with a major airline was asked what he would do if, after a long-haul flight to Sidney, he met the captain wearing a dress in the hotel bar. What would you do?
What can you hold in your right hand, but not in your left?
If you have two coins totaling 11p, and one of the coins is not a penny, what are the two coins?
How many animals of each species did Moses take into the Ark?
A man built a rectangular house, each side having a southern view. He spotted a bear. What colour was the bear?
If you were alone in a deserted house at night, and there was an oil lamp, a candle and firewood and you only have one match, which would you light first?
Which side of a cat contains the most hair?
The 60th and 62nd British Prime Ministers of the UK had the same mother and father, but were not brothers. How do you account for this?
How many birthdays does a typical woman have?
Why can’t a man living in Canterbury be buried west of the River Stour?
Divide 40 by half and add ten. What is the answer?
To the nearest cubic centimetre, how much soil is there in a 3m x 2m x 2m hole?
Is it legal more a man to marry his widow’s sister?
If you drove a coach leaving Canterbury with 35 passengers, dropped off 6 and picked up 2 at Faversham, picked up 9 more at Sittingbourne, dropped off 3 at Chatham, and then drove on to arrive in London 40 minutes later, what would the name of the driver be?
A farmer has 15 cows, all but 8 die. How many does he have left?
A woman lives on the tenth floor of a block of flats. Every morning she takes the lift down to the ground floor and goes to work. In the evening, she gets into the lift, and, if there is someone else in the lift she goes back to her floor directly. Otherwise, she goes to the eighth floor and walks up two flights of stairs to her flat. How do you explain this?
The band of stars across the night sky is called the “…… Way”
Yogurt is made from fermented ……..
What do cows drink?
If a red house is made of red bricks, and a blue house is made of blue bricks, what is a green house made of?
If a plane crashes on the Italian/Swiss border, where do you bury the survivors?
If the hour hand of a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute, how many degrees will it move in an hour?
John’s mother has 3 children, one is named April, one is named May. What is the third one named?
A cowboy rode into town on Friday, spent one night there, and left on Friday. How do you account for this?
How man degrees are there between clock hands at 3.15 pm?
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