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Research found that people who embrace opposing demands show greater creativity, flexibility, and productivity.
This is called a "paradox mindset" and it can be cultivated.
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We can note any paradoxes we encounter and then make a point of contemplating them before we try to solve it.
Your own job may already contain contradictory goals that could inspire paradoxical cognition. Previously, you may have assumed that you need to abandon one of...
Reflecting on apparent contradictions can break down our assumptions and offer us new ways of looking at problems.
Psychiatrist Albert Rothenberg noted that each revolutionary thinker had spent time actively thinking of multiple opposites simultaneously.
Studies have shown that "paradoxical cognition" can help average thinkers to solve everyday problems.
Researchers demonstrated that people that have to reflect on apparently paradoxical goals, such as minimizing costs and maximizing innovation, are more creative
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The ability to acknowledge your situation and balance optimism with realism.
"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be." ...
Is the willingness to embrace contradictions, and using them to seek new ways forward. eg: Einstein asking how an object can move while being still. Apple, an innovation powerhouse, with a CEO focused on "operational efficiency."
A 2017 study showed the employees w...
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To adopt a paradox mindset means to consider the world with a “both/and” approach instead of an “either/or” one.
In times of change, uncertainty and scarcity, we need to do many tasks together. And people need to feel comfort with discomfort.
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