One of the worst aspects of formal education is the focus on the correct answer to a particular question or problem. While this approach helps us function in society, it hurts creative thinking because real-life issues are ambiguous. There’s often more than one “correct” answer, and the second one you come up with might be better than the first.
Many of the following mental blocks can be turned around to reveal ways to find more than one answer to any given problem. Try reframing the issue in several different ways in order to prompt different answers, and embrace answering inherently ambiguous questions in several different ways.
2. Logical Thinking
Not only is real life ambiguous, it’s often illogical to the point of madness. While critical thinking skills based on logic are one of our main strengths in evaluating the feasibility of a creative idea, it’s often the enemy of truly innovative thoughts in the first place.
One of the best ways to escape the constraints of your own logical mind is to think metaphorically. One of the reasons why metaphors work so well in communications is that we accept them as true without thinking about it. When you realize that “truth” is often symbolic, you’ll often find that you are actually free to come up with alternatives.
"In When the Body Says No," Gabor Maté writes: “People have always understood intuitively that mind and body are not separable. Modernity has brought with it an unfortunate dissociation, a split between what we know with our whole being and what our thinking mind accepts as truth.” The mind and body are not just connected, but inseparably intertwined, and, Maté believes, certain chronic diseases - ALS, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer - are at least in part “an expression of an internal disharmony” brought on by the effects of stress. The significance of the mind-body connection is not new, but modern medicine has a tendency to split the two. However, in recent years an entire field of research, psychoneuroimmunology, has begun to explore “how the mind… profoundly interacts with the body’s nervous system and how both of them, in turn, form an essential link with our immune defenses.” And it is not such a stretch to see the connection between organic disease and “stress,” a relentless pressure that can twist around the immune system’s protective powers into a “suicidal assault”: what Maté calls “a civil war inside the body”. It is how Maté defines stress that is so different from mainstream interpretations as to be practically revolutionary. Probing deeply into the life histories and psyches of many patients he has treated during his years as a palliative care physician, he emerges with nothing short of a revelation. Read by Daniel Maté: http://www.posthypnoticpress.com/pages/on-sale-now-item?r=AAKORI06U0&send_to=%2F