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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Refresh and try again. Conceptial, the book provides an accessible and concise overview of different blocks to creativity and how to overcome them. But if the hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of improvement is going to put it in the right place. A desire for order is therefore necessary. A Guide to Better Ideas Psychology: Although I didn’t do all or even most of the exercises, I still found the book fascinating and enlightening.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

The range of areas covered is impressive for a book of this size and the reader’s guide at the end looks like a gold mine for further reading. Jamse are commenting using your Facebook account. It took me too mush time xonceptual read this book to the extent that I cannot review it. Email required Address never adzms public. If you are never relaxed, your mind is usually on guard against non-serious activities, with resulting difficulties in the type of thinking necessary for fluent and flexible conceptualization.


Much of the value of this book is working through the exercises throughout, so if you are really interested in the material, you should read it for yourself. Our ability as thinkers is dependent on our range and skill with our own tools.

Adams has written a book that manages to cram a lot of information on creativity into pages.

Practical steps for ex This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. Nov 18, Nikish Chanekar rated it it was amazing.

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

Techniques are will allow you to overcome these blocks Chapter 8: We learn as we grow older that it is good to be smart. The same method can be applied to conceptual tools. Dec 11, Brett rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some of the exercises are blockbueting done with more than one person; I was not able to do those.

Vertical vs Lateral thinking – Saturation: Smartness is often associated with the amount of knowledge we possess. He is clear about which of his statements are scientifically justified, which are justified by his experience and the experience of others, and which are just his own ideas.

Perceptual Blocks – Stereotyping: Fear to make a mistake, to fail, or to take a risk is perhaps the most general and common emotional block.

The author encourages us to become skilled in several thinking languages instead of always picking the one we’re comfortable with.


However, in order to build a questioning attitude, I have been asking questions with people that I trust would not judge blockbusitng. To view it, click here. My full summary, including a description of all the blocks Adams describes and how to avoid them can be found here. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here May 26, Roman rated it it was amazing.

Katzenbach and Douglas K. Paul rated it liked it Mar 09, Jan 23, yoas rated it really liked it. These techniques include having a questioning attitude, identifying the right problem the root jamea instead of solving the easiest to solve, list-making with the focus on being flexible as well as fluent, that is generate various ideas and not only a adama quantity of similar ideasusing other people ideas, changing environment.

I feel like more of these how-to creativity books should gain popularity. Environmental blocks are imposed by the immediate social and physical environment that hinder thinking, such as the following:. They live inside our ego and super-ego, our mental guards that are able to prevent insane or non-acceptable thoughts to come to our conscious minds. John Bohn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, You are commenting using your Twitter account.