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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Some of the exercises are best done with more than one person; I was not able to do those. One of several books I bought while a bloc,busting major at the Cobceptual of Washington and planned to buy and read, in alphabetical order by author, all the books in the psychology section of my neighborhood bookstore. It provides practical steps for expanding your mind, teaches you to think about thinking, and helps you identify “conceptual blocks”.

A camel is a horse designed by committee. We also benefit from using broad approaches that do not favor analysis over synthesis, convergence over divergence or deduction over induction.

Techniques are will allow you to overcome these blocks Chapter 8: You should allow the mind to struggle with problems over time. The intellect cannot judge all those ideas unless it can retain them until it has considered them in connection with these other ideas.


Conceptual Blockbusting James L. Arthur Koestler was an important writer who among other topics, treated conceptualization.

We do this instead of blockbusging some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline to the rest of the book Chapter In the case of a creative mind, it seems to me, the intellect has withdrawn its watchers from the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does it review and inspect the multitude.

We learn as we grow older that it is good to be smart. Here, I will make an observation, and illustrate it by an allegory.

This is detrimental for two reasons. Practical steps for expanding your mind This book will help you get unstuck when problem solving. Alternate Thinking Language – This chapter stresses on alternating between a verbal, a mathematical and a visual approach to solving problems – One of the things you asams do to enhance your seeing ability is to see things and then draw them – Visual imagery is both how sharp and filled the details are in your image and the second is control how well you can manipulate them Chapter 7: This was my second reading of it, about 25 years later.

The general ideas in this book were decent but it took a long time to get hlockbusting. Excellent book for remove mental blocks and reexamine ways we thinking to solve problems. Allow the mind to struggle with the problem, forget about it and then come back to it. Adams calls these obstacles conceptual blocks. These languages include verbal, visual, mathematical, sensory languages verbal and mathematical are usually the most developed, because of cultural bias.


This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year.

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

Tradition is preferable to change. Adams Limited preview – Practical steps for ex Jame is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. These include perceptual blocks like stereotyping, delimiting the problem too closely, inability to see the problem from various viewpoints. Langer Intelligence, Creativity by J.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

Although I didn’t do all or even most of the exercises, I still found the book fascinating and enlightening. Paul rated it liked it Mar 09, Having a bias towards one or the other will often prevent us from being creative.

Jan 30, Laura Chapman rated it really liked it Shelves: Everyone has xonceptual certain number of blocks, and often, becoming conscious of them is the only needed step to overcome them. Showing how in some cases creativity may even be achieved by algorithmic methods Cons: We all fall into familiar thinking patterns when we are trying to solve problems.