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Religions are a way for us to understand our relationships with the supernatural and with each other. Learning how such relations are structured can teach you a lot about how people relate to each other and the world around them.
Seeing the reason in other religions can also help you develop mental flexibility.
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To stimulate your mind, read something you’d never have touched otherwise. Pay attention not only to the story but to the particular problems the author has to deal with.
Try to connect those problems to the problems you face in your own field.
Pick some media from different industries. You may find that other industries have problems similar to yours but maybe they were solved in a different way.
You may also find new linkages between your own industry and another, linkages that may lead to innovative partnership...
Turning something upside-down, whether physically or just by re-imagining it, can help you see new patterns.
The brain has pattern-making habits that may obscure other, more subtle patterns at work; changing the orientation of things can hide the more obvious patterns and make other...
Embrace mistakes and incorporate them into your projects. Developing strategies that allow for random input, working amid chaotic juxtapositions of sound and form – all of these can help to move beyond everyday patterns of thinking.
Poetry bridges between our emotional and rational capacities. Though it may feel foolish (and getting comfortable with feeling foolish might be another way to think outside the box), try writing a poem about the problem you’re working on.
Your poem doesn’t necessarily have to ...
Learning gives you new information and ways of looking at and understanding aspects of your life and the world.
And this helps you expand how you look at problems and the breadth of possible solutions you can come up with.
Children think and speak with ignorance of convention and that can be helpful.
Ask one how they might tackle a problem, or imagine how you might reformulate a problem so that a child could understand it.
Working backwards breaks the brain’s normal conception of causality. You can start with a goal and think back through the steps needed to reach it until you get to where you are right now.
Drawing a picture is a right-brained activity, and can help break the hold of your logical left part of the brain on a problem the same way a poem can. Also, visualizing a problem engages other modes of thinking that we don’t normally use, bringing you another creative boost.
Anecdotal evidence links shower to creativity.
So maybe when the status quo response to some circumstance just isn’t working, try taking a shower.
The biggest problem in life isn`t the problem itself, but how people act upon it.
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If you’re looking to be persuasive with someone, you want to see things through their eyes and communicate in a way they can relate to.
There are about 7,000 languages worldwide. Each language reflects the culture of the people who speak it.
Studying other languages and how they develop over time can help scholars understand the unique ways we communicate with one another.
More often than not, we are trying to correct or direct things in other people’s relationships.
By focussing on other people’s associations, we end up directing how other people should behave, while being blind towards our own functioning in the relationship system.
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