Lateral Thinking - Empowering Children with Maximum Thinking Power
By Andrew Loh
Lateral thinking is a revolutionary concept of thinking in a different
manner. Introduced by Edward de Bono in 1967, lateral thinking concepts
have been widely used in business and education for the last four
decades. It refers to solving intricate problems by using an off-beat,
indirect and creative approach. The basic reasoning process that goes
through lateral thinking is too obvious and one can never decipher the
ideas that are used to think in a lateral manner. In other words,
lateral thinking also means using right lobe of the brain, which is
creative, to solve problems that would not have been possible by using
the logical lobe of the left brain.
Thinking is an age old tool
that also makes up for a significant portion of different types of
activities that go on inside the human brain. All human achievements
were possible only because of thought process that the brain churns out
every second and throughput the life span. De Bono, a specialist as he
is, thinks that it is easily possible to boost one's thinking power in a
productive manner. Thinking is just like any other brain skill. Anyone
can improve and boost it. Just like adults, one can use this technique
in children too. When children learn how to think in a productive
manner, they can easily enhance their intellectual output. De Bono also
suggests various techniques and tools to enhance lateral thinking among children.
Lateral thinkers always think outside the box. They
use numerous techniques for changing basic concepts of thinking and
human perceptions by replacing the original ones that are simple and
straightforward. Quite different than vertical thinking, lateral one
just stands back, starts looking at the bigger picture, and understands
the basic concepts first before working on to find out solutions.
Lateral thinkers also focus on areas of thinking that are often
overlooked and neglected and later start challenging traditional
assumptions and find out alternatives.
A lateral thinker has the following characters:
They are ready to change the way they look at things.
They are ready to look for things and scenarios that
are different in nature.
Lateral thinkers do not follow set rules.
Rather, they may be non-traditional in outlook and use a deliberate
technique to jump from one idea to the other.
They look at unexpected sides of the problems and are explore those
territories where a conventional thinker never cares to look and explore.
Lateral thinking offers many sided advantages and benefits to children:
Children can achieve those goals that seem to be very difficult to reach.
Stabilize social and emotional outlook.
Attain physiological competence.
Manage anger and frustration.
Better classroom and professional performance.
Reach excellence and intellectual prowess.
Lateral thinking children are known to be smart and mentally agile
because they can easily find solutions that are unconventional,
effective and result oriented. For example, let us assume that a child
is given a problem to solve. Now, it will start thinking with an
alternative strategy of jumping from one point of perspective to the
other all the while looking at many angles of the problem. Here is a
simple example in the case of a 4th grade child:
A four year old child falls out of 5 story building and onto the garden hedge on the
ground. The child still survives with minor wounds. How is it possible?
A lateral thinking fourth grade child would now start thinking with
new perspective that defies set rules of thinking. Instead of finding
solutions, the child will start deciphering the sequence of events that
made the child to escape the event unhurt. Obviously, the child unhurt
and is perfectly OK with minor bruises. The school going child will
start processing available data to find out how and from where the child
fell down. Obviously, if the child falls from a higher floor, the
chances of survival are very slim. Eventually, the solution is found by
the school child that the young one must have fallen from ground floor
window which was just three feet higher from the garden hedge outside.
The prominent link for this problem is as follows:
Garden hedge that acts as a possible safety net
Lateral thinking is one of the best tools available
for a child to enhance and boost thinking on a higher creative level.
With this thinking mode, children would not only sharpen their mind but
also enhance their academic achievement. Continue to read
Lateral Thinking - Simple Techniques and Methods to Learn the Art.