Humanlife is full of tasks that need daily solutions. These tasks presentproblems to people, calling for the need to develop a workingmodality to solve them and possible identify the stumbling blocks inproblem-solving. This paper purposes to discuss two scenarios when Iencountered barriers to problem-solving, the steps that helped meovercome them and the strategies that enhance general problem-solvingskills.
Whenrecently moved to a spacious room, I had a real problem with the newarrangement. I did many trials on the direction of the bed, thepositioning of the suitcases and, the music system. Whenever I hadsettled for one style, something kept telling me it was stillpathetic. So I decided that no man is an Island and went to visit thenearby friends to grab an idea from their room structure. Later thatevening, I got the best arrangement. This was when I realized thatkeeping my problem to myself and failure to make comparisons was asignificant barrier in problem-solving.
Accordingto Sio & Ormerod (2009), structure and alignment theory positsthat people often prefer to observe the systematic relations betweentwo problems in solving a specific one. In my case, the comparison ofhow my friends arranged their rooms was essential in getting ideas ofhow I to do mine.
Thesecond scenario was when I encountered difficulty in making peacebetween my two friends who, for a long time, I knew as best friendsthemselves. Whenever my classmates talked of the heightened rivalriesbetween the two, I would quickly rubbish such arguments as ill-fatedliars. One day, their difference showed just in front of me during aget-together party. I had the worst nightmare in separating a feud Ihad denied severally.
Inthis context, the denial that there was a problem was the barrier Iencountered. When I gave the problem space in my mind together withother close friends, we managed to bring the two friends together.
needs strategies to be a success. One strategy is problemrepresentation. When people represent problems, specific features ofthe problem are brought forward, which later help in searching forsolutions. The second strategy that enhances problem-solving isaccepting that there is a problem. It enables an individual to laythe ground for formulating steps needed in solving the problem. Ifthe kind of problem suits a task group, the group needs to do anexcellent framing of the problem. Framing implies that the problem iswell synthesized without leaving any bit, to get the best solution(Bonner B., 2004).
Itis also advisable to avoid a quick fix of the problem to enhanceresolution. When people sleep over tough tasks, jog off or play theirbest games, the mind frames the problem better. Sio &Ormerod(2009), argue that creating a psychological distance increases thechances of formulating creative solutions, which is supported by theconstrual level theory.
Bonner,B. L. (2004). Expertise in Group : Recognition, SocialCombination, and Performance. GroupDynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice,8(4),277.
Sio,U. N., & Ormerod, T. C. (2009). Does incubation enhanceproblem-solving? A meta-analytic review.
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