The Thinker's Pocketbook [MultiFormat]
eBook by Angelena Boden
eBook Category: Business
eBook Description: An examination of the many different ways of thinking: creative, analytical, bottom line, magical, lateral, with exercises and examples to improve your mental flexibility.
eBook Publisher: Pocketmanager.com, Published: 1997
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2001
25 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats [MultiFormat - What's this?]: eReader (PDB) [43 KB]
, ePub (EPUB) [126 KB]
, Rocket/REB1100 (RB) [28 KB]
, Portable Document Format (PDF) [800 KB]
, Palm Doc (PDB) [28 KB]
, Microsoft Reader (LIT) [97 KB]
, Franklin eBookMan (FUB) [99 KB]
, hiebook (KML) [87 KB]
, Sony Reader (LRF) [90 KB]
, iSilo (PDB) [25 KB]
, Mobipocket (PRC) [31 KB]
, Kindle Compatible (MOBI) [59 KB]
, OEBFF Format (IMP) [77 KB]
Reading time: 22-31 min.
Microsoft Reader (LIT) Format: Printing DISABLED, Read-Aloud ENABLED
Portable Document Format (PDF) Format: Printing DISABLED, Read-Aloud DISABLED
All Other formats: Printing DISABLED, Read-aloud DISABLED
"Clarifies why some thinking processes are more effective than others and explains how the use of different thinking skills can help ensure efficient decision-making."
--Marion Nixon, Tourism Manager, Derby City Council
"Gives you that immediate, unexpected nudge to see things differently--to allow your brain to take off in a direction that can prove invaluable in seeing a problem from a different angle, thereby coming closer to resolving it."
--Geoff Pine, Principal, Woolwich College
THINKING: WHY & WHAT?
It is estimated that we have over 50,000 thoughts a day--positive, negative, frightening, enlightening or just crazy thoughts. They can be triggered by: Flashbacks (memory) and visual images Words, snippets of conversation (even from childhood) Familiar and unfamiliar objects, scenes, patterns, problems, tasks and people Emotions--curiosity, anxiety, regret, anger, sadness And simply doing nothing
Sometimes we engineer thoughts or they simply leap into our minds unexpectedly. We accept, question, challenge or discard them. Some tumble around in confusion, become exaggerated and irrational, causing anxiety and mental paralysis.
Thinking is healthy. We need to think to understand, to learn and to progress, and to collect and assimilate information before deciding what to do with it. But, the thinking process needs to be managed and channelled constructively.
ARE WE TAUGHT TO THINK?
This is a BIG question.
We copy patterns of behaviour and absorb ideas from those who influenced us in childhood. These thinking processes are assumed to be the right and only ones--until challenged by someone else.
We can become entrenched in a mind-set which is later difficult to unlearn. Mind-sets inhibit the thinking process, can lead to bias, stubbornness and prejudice:
"He has a closed mind."
"I have a mental block with this."
"You're so set in your ways."
"Tried and tested methods are the best."
These statements reflect just how fixed some people are in their thinking. Such people look for justification of their ideas which, in turn, reinforces the mind-set--an ever decreasing circle.
THINKING & ATTITUDES
How we think affects our attitude to life: The positive thinker becomes successful because he believes he will be The creative thinker knows there is a solution to a problem, however impossible it seems The bottom-line thinker will take calculated risks because she has evaluated the 'worst possible scenario' and has accepted it For the negative thinker, however, life is fraught, unproductive, complicated and something to be survived rather than enjoyed
How we think depends on how we see ourselves.
Would you describe yourself as any of the following:
Always to blame
Ask yourself why? Where have these images about yourself come from?
Do they affect your thinking?