lateral thinking

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Creative problem solving, usually by reformulating the problem or viewing it from a fresh angle. It is contrasted with vertical thinking, which involves finding methods for overcoming obstacles in the chosen line of approach. The distinction was first made explicit by the Maltese-born British psychologist and author Edward (Francis Charles Publius) de Bono (born 1933) in his book Lateral Thinking (1970). It is well illustrated by the nine-dot problem.

Subjects: Psychology.

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