1. Play Development Games
Yes, in children’s educational games. Designed to develop children’s thinking, they are also great for adults. The range of educational games is very wide. Here and electronic designers like SnapCircuits, and table card games (“Svish”, “Seth”), and games for smartphones and tablets, for example, Gravity Maze. Playing games, you will not only develop the skill of non-standard thinking, but also have a great time with friends or children.
2. Communicate with people
Despite the abundance of various sources of information, other people are still able to tell us new ideas. Meeting with the unique experience of another person, we significantly enrich our understanding of the world (or about a specific problem). And it is not necessary to communicate with the luminaries of science or financial gurus.
Career consultant Gia Ganesh (Gia Ganesh) gives an example of his conversation with the master of the installation of granite structures. It turned out that the guy comes from Cuba. He told how he came to the United States and how he got to work. The conversation pushed Gia into interesting thoughts about migration and career choice, prompted ideas for new research.
3. Get a new experience
To think differently, one must live differently. Give up the usual patterns of behavior, destroy the established way of life, break down stereotypes. Prepare new dishes, change the route from home to work and look around more. Try to wear uncharacteristic clothes for your image, change your hair.
A great way to learn something new is traveling. Other countries, other cultures, unusual surroundings – all this gives a good incentive for the work of thinking. Especially if on a trip you do not miss the opportunity to make new acquaintances.
4. Study unusual ideas
In this age there is no lack of information. On the contrary, there is too much around it. But not all of it deserves attention. Really worthwhile ideas have to be looked for, but it is much easier to do this than 100 or even 50 years ago. Read more! Read a variety of books, articles on the Internet and magazines. Everywhere, look for fresh ideas, new views and non-standard approaches.
To think otherwise is good, but not enough. Their original ideas must be able to formulate and defend.
Have your own opinion, different from the generally accepted, is not always easy. The social pressure of the majority is great, and very often society is able to impose a collective point of view on individuals. Next – several ways to help develop and defend your own opinion.
5. Be based only on facts
This seemingly elementary principle is violated too often. Emotions, speculation, expectations, assumptions, rumors … All this is not good. Start with simple questions: “How do I know that this is true?”, “What facts speak for my opinion?” If the facts are not enough, then we will have to look for them.
6. Give your opinion in writing
Imagine that you need to convince someone and write a letter for this. Written presentation will help you to articulate your thoughts more clearly, to follow a logical chain of conclusions and conclusions. Schemes and drawings will make your ideas clearer and more visible. This procurement will help a lot if you really need to speak publicly or defend your point of view in the discussion.
Group discussion is also a test of your ideas for strength, and a means to find new solutions to old problems. The most useful are the specially organized discussions. The topic can be chosen almost any: from politics to football. Divide the group into two teams, and let them defend opposing points of view. The time allocated to each participant is better limited – it helps to formulate your arguments clearly and concisely.
8. Be Objective
Advice from the category of those that are easy to give, but difficult to implement. Each of us is inclined to consider our opinion if not only true, then certainly not wrong. But even the ancients said that a man is mistaken. We look at the world through the prism of our experience and very often see only what we want to see.
Developing their own opinion, it is important to get rid of bias in the choice and evaluation of available information. Did we really consider all the facts? Have not we exaggerated the significance of some facts to please our expectations? Are there alternative points of view? These and other similar questions will help you to be more objective and independent of someone’s prejudices. Even from your own.
This is far from an exhaustive list of ways to help think differently and form your own opinion. What methods do you use?