5 Ways You Block Your Problem Solving Abilities

If you can reason, then you can solve any personal problem you encounter even if you think you can’t. But, for every problem you face or will eventually face, it’s important to be able to differentiate what is and what is not. Your inability to do this at the first instance means you are already on your way to making a decision that may not get the required results you desire. More often than not, bad decision making is deeply rooted in known and unknown blocks that directly and indirectly influences our final actions through the decisions made.

It’s your duty to be aware of these blocks and their influence on individual problem solving skills is peculiar to each person. These blockages have an impact on us when we are faced with challenges in life, at work or even in our businesses. Individuals should be aware of the severity of the obstruction and the possible impact on decision-making. Here are a few ways that we may obstruct and block our problem solving skills –

  1. Emotional Block
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Emotional blockages are feelings that prevent us from appropriately resolving situations. This might be linked to ignorance or the fear of progress by allowing our deepest feelings and fear get in the way of seeing the real facts.

  1. Mental Set

This is the result of depending too much on heuristics – critical thinking clichés like a “thumb rule” or “pragmatic insight,” for example — rather than efficiently searching for the best or easiest solution. It is linked to repeating what has previously worked. The heuristic for mental attitude is directed by connected interests in order to resolve a problem. This might be a scholarly barrier, as the issue solver is unfit to lead fresh critical thinking procedures and relies on commonality to feel at ease with an answer.

  1. Cultural Impediments
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On three levels, this is intriguing. One is the manner in which we conduct ourselves in the workplace in terms of culture and values. For example, it may be against company policy to obstruct various employees at work, making you feel unable to contact with others for feedback. The next topic is our own social prejudice. Segregation of any kind is included. The next point to examine is the manner in which our own general public expects us to act. If you come from a culture where being rescued is valued, you may have difficulties expressing your opinions. If you come from a broad population that values banter, you could stray from the topic.

  1. Unnecessary Boundaries

Because of this obstacle, unnecessarily strict boundaries are imposed on an issue. It has to do with attempting to solve a problem by drawing on previous knowledge from the past and forcing it to work in the current circumstance rather than seeking for a fresh solution or alternative that suits the current situation. This suffocates growth.

The boundary can be separated by knowledge. The majority of critical thinking processes revolve around gathering information, analyzing it, and assessing it in order to have a better knowledge of a topic. Unnecessary Constraints are caused by a passionate impediment that causes an over-reliance on the known.

  1. Functional Fixedness
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‘You can’t do that’

It all comes down to not being able to think creatively; a constrained viewpoint. People assume things a lot, and therefore fall into a trap of believing their assumptions over facing the facts or issue before them. This may cause them to always miss the point because their mind is already fixated on something else.


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