James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. The best-selling guide to overcoming creative blocks and unleashing a torrent of great ideas-updated for a new generation of problem solvers. Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts. He identifies different kinds of blocks – perceptual, emotional, cultural and intellectual – which limit.

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Feb 07, Ruth rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ruth by: Conceptual blocks come from ourselves, our education, our environment, our culture Now that you are aware qdams these, you can notice when one is holding you back and eventually overcome it.

A light look at the creative process and common blocks that interfere with it. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas – James L. Adams – Google Books

The second half of the book discuses strategies for overcoming conceptual blocks on the individual, group, and organizational level. Vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper; lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere. Conclusion I wish this book was a little better organized and had a summary at conceptua, end.

Employing unconventional exercises and other interactive elements, Adams shows individuals, teams, and organizations how to overcome these blocks, embrace alternative ways of thinking about complex problems, and celebrate the joy of creativity. Nov 18, Nikish Chanekar rated it it was amazing. Apparently, it is not good and indeed it hinders the creative work of the mind – if blockgusting intellect examines too closely the ideas already pouring in, as it were, at the gates.


When facing a problem, our brain hides most of the idea-generation process in the same way it hides the move-generation process when trying to hit a ball with a baseball bat.

One way is to list all the conceptuap of the object and cconceptual each attribute list all the possible alternatives Improve a ball-point pen: James Adams believes everyone has the ability to be creative; however, perceptual, emotional, cultural and environmental, and intellectual and expressive blocks suppress the ability to think creatively and drive people to think conventionally.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

When you run bblockbusting of things to write down, draw arrows between all of the problems showing which is caused by others. We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises.

Practical steps for expanding your mind Blockbuating book will help you get unstuck when problem solving. Excellent book for remove mental blocks and reexamine ways we thinking to solve problems.

Overall, I highly recommend reading this book to expose the mental blocks which are holding back your ideas. A Guide to Better Ideas.

Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: There are occasional exercises which would be interesting with a group of people, but are of limited value to the lone reader. It would be nice to go back and review the conceptual blocks.

A thought to ponder on taken from a personal letter to a friend by Schiller. When you run out of space, add more paper at the bottom and keep going. We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly Outline to the rest of the book Chapter Vertical vs Lateral thinking – Saturation: To view it, click here. These languages include verbal, visual, mathematical, sensory languages verbal and mathematical are usually the most developed, because of cultural blockbusing.


Conceptual blockbusting: a guide to better ideas – James L. Adams – Google Books

Return to Book Page. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This allows you to approach any situation and come up with the best idea or best answer. There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I’m not sure it actually made me more creative. Conceptual Blocks mental walls that block the problem solver Chapter Books by James L. They include emotional blocks like the fear of taking a risk, no appetite for chaos, and judging rather than generating new ideas.

More a summary than a review: No matter how obvious this may seem to every digger, it is still easier to go on digging in the same place than to start all over again in a new place.

Not all blocks apply to all people. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Notify me of new comments blockbusring email.

Jan 30, Laura Chapman rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. The Introduction to Process Notebook, also by Interaction Associates, summarized the situation as follows: