kinds of problems that psychology can help you solve include a wide
range of practical situations that confront people on a daily basis.
Whether it’s hooking up a new computer, fixing a broken electrical
fixture, arranging the order of foods to cook when you’re preparing a
meal, or figuring out the best route home, there are similar steps
involved in being a good problem-solver. Psychologists suggest that you
first understand the nature of the problem, like rearranging puzzle
pieces or putting things in proper order. Then, more importantly, you
need to keep an open mind to possible solutions, even ones that may seem
a bit out of the ordinary. In fact, sometimes the more unusual, the
better. We are all very prone to mental set, and that can be a huge
impediment to problem solving. Finally, be ready to start all over if
your results were unsuccessful. Holding onto your first answer, even if
it’s not a very good one (known as the “confirmation bias”)
can impede you from ever coming up with a way out of your dilemma.
Rushing ahead to complete a problem is probably the biggest mistake that
people make (other than procrastinating too long!
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