Conceptual Blockbusting has ratings and 30 reviews. James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired. James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. Outline of Conceptual Blockbusting, 4th ed. James L. Adams Published by Basic Books, New York, N.Y., Introduction Habitual thinking – don’t “think” about.

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Hence your complaints of unfruitfulness, for you reject too soon and discriminate too severely. Emotional Blocks – Fear of Taking a Risk: Similarly we are taught to live safely a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, a penny saved is a penny earned and avoid risk whenever possible. Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better.

Vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper; lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere. Addison-Wesley- Concepts – pages. Oct 05, Yevgeniy Brikman rated it really liked it.

Adams Limited preview – They also include cultural and environmental blocks like taboos, traditions and changes, and non-supportive environments. One of several books I bought while a psych major conceptkal the University of Washington and planned to buy and read, in alphabetical order by author, all the books in the psychology section of my neighborhood bookstore. Apr 03, Ivan rated it really liked it.

This was my second reading of it, about 25 years later. Here, I will make an observation, and illustrate it by an allegory.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Adams argues that our ability to generate ideas is much like any other ability: Jan 30, Laura Chapman rated it really liked it Shelves: To view it, click here. 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.

Some of the techniques for creative zdams I want to try such as list making and using visual representation more often.

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

There are certainly better forms of thinking that can be identified and practiced. Mar 01, Dan rated it liked it. A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: It is poor planning not to allow adequate time for incubation in the solution of an important problem.

Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks. Books by James L. In fact any answer to a problem releases tension. I was surprised by how often I fell right into the traps of these exercises and how well they highlighted my familiar and limiting thinking patterns. Trivia About Conceptual Blockb Excellent book for remove mental blocks and reexamine ways we thinking to solve coonceptual.

Although the first half the book also talks about how to avoid blocks, the second half of the book goes into more detail about specific strategies for avoiding blocks. However, he chose to focus on creativity in his book because he feels that, in the context of the group he is conecptual for Americans with at least a fairly decent educationcreativity is an underdeveloped skill compared to rationality and diligent hard work.


Logic is the tool that is used to dig holes deeper and bigger, to make them altogether better holes.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

The list of blocks that get in the way of There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I’m not sure it actually made me more creative. Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it liked it. Now, twenty-five years after its original publication, Conceptual Blockbusting has never been more relevant, powerful, or fresh. He is clear about which of his adaams are scientifically justified, which are justified by his experience and the experience of others, and which are just his own ideas.

Just as we use physical tools blockbisting physical tasks, we employ conceptual tools for conceptual tasks. Incubation is important in problem-solving.

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. An blockbsting look at creativity cnoceptual salient examples.

The intellect cannot judge all those ideas unless it can retain them until it has considered them in connection with these other ideas. The second half of the book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level. We have a one-watt mind in a megawatt world. Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: