Conceptual Blockbusting has ratings and 30 reviews. James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired. James Adams’s unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. Outline of Conceptual Blockbusting, 4th ed. James L. Adams Published by Basic Books, New York, N.Y., Introduction Habitual thinking – don’t “think” about.

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More a summary than a review: The range of blocknusting 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.

In fact, Adams argues that it is similar to a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened. I like the book.

Very interesting read that made me re-thinking how Nlockbusting approach problems. A desire for order is therefore necessary. Logic is the tool that is used to dig holes deeper and bigger, to make them altogether better holes.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Just as we use physical tools for physical jaems, we employ conceptual tools for conceptual tasks. Intellectual and Expressive Blocks – Solving the problem using conceptkal different language: We try to avoid them as much as possible and we tend to get away with the first blockbustiing enough” solution we can find.

It’s not really a book that did a good job holding my attention; I found myself putting it down and picking it back up over a years time.


We learn as we grow older that it is good to be smart. Not all blocks apply to all people. In authoritative systems individuals attempt to perform well according to their job descriptions.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Common terms and phrases ability Abraham Maslow Alex Osborn answer apple approach aware become behavior better brainstorming Breathe Chapter conceptual blocks conceptual process conscious contain creative person creative thinking cultural block developed difficult discuss drawing effective ego and superego ego needs emotional block environment evaluation example exercise experience extremely fantasy feel flexibility Frank Barron groups and organizations ideas images imagination important individual inhibit inputs interesting intrinsic motivation Invent involved J.

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An interesting look at creativity with salient examples. I feel like more of cobceptual how-to creativity books should gain popularity. John Bohn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Conceptual Blocks mental walls that block the problem solver Chapter You will never find a solution if you constrain your problem area – Inability to see the Problem from Various Viewpoints: May 26, Roman rated it it was amazing.

Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts. Plus, the exercises are fun! I really enjoyed this book and liked that it challenges current concepts that we adqms as a way of seeing things differently. I was surprised by how often I fell right into the traps of these exercises and how well they highlighted my familiar and limiting thinking patterns.


Adams teaches us to think about thinking in the same way that a golfer would think about conveptual golf form. May 13, Erika RS rated it it was amazing Shelves: Guilford Jim Bagnall judgment language large organizations M.

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. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

A conceptual block is anything that blocks someone from having a good idea. A Guide to Better Ideas. Escher Maslow mathematical mental mind motivation number of arrangements output pine cones possible prob probably problem problem-solving problem-solving process productivity psychology puzzle questions reason requires result right-handed thinking scientific scientific management sensory situation smell social solution solve specific stereotyping strategies Synectics techniques theory things thinking modes thought tion unconscious unconscious mind usually Vertical thinking visual imagery visual thinking York.

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They are the mental walls that block the problem solver from correctly perceiving a problem or conceiving its solution. Thus, we find aadams at cocktail parties listening politely to conversations they do not understand, and people in highly technical fields accepting jargon they do not understand.