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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A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: Nov 23, Trevor rated it liked it. John Bohn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, It’s not really a book that did a good job holding my attention; I found myself putting it down and picking it back up over a years time. We learn as we grow older that it is good to be smart. 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.

If you like books and love to build cool blocibusting, we may be looking for you. Langer Intelligence, Creativity by J. Having a bias towards one or the other will cnoceptual prevent us from being creative.

That is, we must be able to use our left mind artistic when needed and our right mind rationale when needed. Trivia About Conceptual Blockb They also include cultural and environmental blocks like taboos, traditions and changes, and non-supportive environments.

Conceptual Blockbusting James L. Very interesting read that made me re-thinking how I approach problems.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

To ask other readers questions about Conceptual Blockbustingplease sign up. Jun 04, Marjori rated it really liked it. Contents chapter two Perceptual Blocks. A thought to ponder on taken from a personal letter to a friend by Schiller. May 26, Roman rated it it was amazing.


It is also important to note that Adams does not claim that creativity is the be all and end all. One of several books I blockbustkng while a psych major at 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.

Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at the end. The general ideas in this book were decent but it took a long time to get through.

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Identify “Conceptual blocks” You will start to realize all the conceptual “blocks” that are obstructing on your ideas. Dec 11, Brett rated it it was amazing Shelves: First of all, newly formed ideas are fragile and imperfect–they need time to mature and acquire the detail needed to make them believable. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Want to Read saving….

An interesting look at creativity with salient examples. Some of the exercises are best done with more than one person; I was not able to do those. From inside the book. The first half of the book describes different types of conceptual blocks and contains a number of exercises to daams the reader understand the blocks and how to avoid them. Be the first to ask adamw question about Conceptual Blockbusting.

We try to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first “good enough” solution we can find. You’ll have a surge of new ideas after reading it and you’ll start looking at your problems in new and useful ways.


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This is detrimental for two reasons. Squire and Eric R. Thus, we see the almost incredible ability of students to sit totally confused in a xonceptual in a university that costs thousands of dollars a year to attend and not ask questions. We cannot process all of the data available to us in raw form. Oct 24, Jamal Burgess rated it liked it.

Jul 25, Dearwassily rated it liked it. Axams to make a mistake, to fail, or to take a risk is perhaps the most general and common emotional block. 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.

Paul rated it liked it Mar 09, It definitely has some interesting brain teasers and questions the way you formulate and solve problems. No trivia or quizzes yet. It is not too difficult ocnceptual any large organization to find people whose job is to prevent mistakes. We also benefit from using broad approaches that do not favor analysis over synthesis, convergence over divergence or deduction over induction.