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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They also include cultural and environmental blocks like taboos, traditions and changes, and non-supportive environments. Alternate Thinking Language – This chapter stresses on alternating between a verbal, a mathematical and a visual approach to solving problems – One of the things you can do to enhance your seeing ability is to see things and then draw them – Visual imagery is both how sharp and filled the details are in your image and the second is control how well you can manipulate them Chapter 7: 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.

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


I read this one for a class. Integrating insights from the worlds of psychology, engineering, management, art, and philosophy, Adams identifies the key blocks perceptual, emotional, cultural, environmental, intellectual, and expressive that prevent us from realizing the full potential of our fertile minds.

May 26, Roman rated it it was amazing. Although I didn’t do all or even most of the exercises, I still found the book fascinating and enlightening. Goodreads helps you keep track of blockhusting you want to read.

W More a summary than a review: Published October 30th by Basic Books first published January 1st Most people fail to have good ideas because of conceptual blocks. Excellent book for remove mental blocks and reexamine ways we thinking to solve problems.

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Lists with This Book. Adams is concerned with the creation of ideas and concepts. Practical steps for ex This is one of those books you’ll want to read once a year. However, qdams ability to tolerate chaos is a must.

Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times a lot of exercises. I feel there’s generally a gap in our education jammes we need to fill.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

We therefore leave ourselves open to suspicion that we are not omniscient. Also, the pictures and diagrams were fun and interesting, but seemed mostly random. blckbusting

The subject of the book seems a bit elementary based on the title – “Conceptual Blockbusting”, but there is a lot to be learned. Jan 23, yoas rated it really liked it.


Emotional Blocks – Fear of Taking a Risk: You’ll have a surge of new ideas after reading it and you’ll start looking at your problems in new and useful ways. Regarded in i Interesting read!

It definitely has some interesting brain teasers and questions the way you formulate and solve problems. Fear to make a mistake, to fail, or to take a risk blockbisting perhaps the most general and common emotional block. To ask other readers questions about Conceptual Blockbustingplease sign up.

Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas by James L. Adams

An interesting look at creativity with salient examples. Intellectual and Expressive Blocks – Solving the problem using a different language: But if the hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of cnceptual is going to put it in the right place. My full summary, including a description of all the blockbudting Adams describes and how to avoid them can be found here. Some of the ideas may be useful for designing the communication strategy and media for my sabbatical project.

He is clear about which blockbustint his statements are scientifically justified, which are justified by his experience and the experience of others, and which are just his own ideas. Lapp Memory, by Larry R.