Lateral Thinking

Lateral thinking is the deliberate search for alternatives above, around and beyond the obvious, straightforward and logical ones.

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Oxford English Dictionary:

la’ter al think’ing, a way of thinking which seeks the solution to intractable problems through unorthodox methods, or elements which would normally be ignored by logical thinking. Dr Edward de Bono divides thinking into two methods. One he terms ‘vertical thinking’ – that is, using the processes of logic, the historic and traditional method. The other type he calls ‘lateral thinking’ which involves disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle. Lateral thinking leads to those simple ideas that are obvious only after they have been thought of.

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  1. I have read Lateral Thinking by Dr de Bono several times and it has helped me to be creative in problem solving. Great book!

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