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Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

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James Adams's unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life. Now, twenty-five years after its original publication, Conceptual Blockbusting has never been more relevant, powerful, or fresh. Integrating insights from the worlds of psychology, engineering, management, art, and philosop ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2001 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1969)
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Erika RS
May 13, 2013 Erika RS rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of my personal development goals at work. Much of the value of this book is working through the exercises throughout, so if you are really interested in the material, you should read it for yourself. My full summary, including a description of all the blocks Adams describes and how to avoid them can be found here.

Adams motivation in writing this book is to introduce people to ways to improve their idea generating ability. Adams makes the claim that having good ideas does
Jun 21, 2015 Dennis rated it it was amazing
Interesting read! A thought to ponder on taken from a personal letter to a friend by Schiller. "The reason for your complaint(about not being creative) lies, it seems to me, in the constraint which your intellect imposes upon your imagination. Here, I will make an observation, and illustrate it by an allegory. Apparently, it is not good and indeed it hinders the creative work of the mind - if the intellect examines too closely the ideas already pouring in, as it were, at the gates. Regarded in i ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Dalia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, wallace-library
It took me too mush time to read this book to the extent that I cannot review it..
May 26, 2011 Roman rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for remove mental blocks and reexamine ways we thinking to solve problems.
Oct 06, 2015 Fatima rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Some ideas here and there, personally I was bored at times
a lot of exercises .. many are group exercises

Chapter 1: Introduction
The author’s goal is to make us aware of the creative process, blocks that inhibit it and tricks that we can use to overcome these blocks. Our reaction often to a problem is to get rid of it and quickly throw solutions at it, the author calls it “hit and run”. We do this instead of spending some time to actually understand the problem and solve it correctly

Yevgeniy Brikman
Jan 21, 2015 Yevgeniy Brikman rated it really liked it
There is a lot of interesting content in this book, but I'm not sure it actually made me more creative. The writing is _slightly_ meandering and academic in style, a bit like a research survey paper, but the content within is genuinely valuable. Just the idea of thinking about *how* you come up with a solution (visual thinking, mathematical thinking, deduction, induction, etc), rather than what the solution turns out to be, is a pretty powerful exercise. The list of blocks that get in the way of ...more
ide harus selalu diadakan, tidak ditunggu-tunggu kayak nunggu gerbong sepur berderet-deret gitu.
tapi, muncratnya ide rupanya tidak rutin selalu. tidak mengalir tiap-tiap kali kita perlu. dia butuh kondisi-kondisi tertentu agar mecungul lagi... artinya, hambatan-hambatan dan sumbatan ide itu selalu ada. dari sononya selalu ada dan harus selalu harus dihadapi.
entah itu perceptual, emotional, cultural, intelectual, environmental blocks... adalah hal yang perlu diterima dan dihadapi. menghadapinya s
Feb 03, 2014 yoas rated it really liked it
I like the book. The main premise for the book is thinking is mostly automatic and happen subconsciously, bring that subconscious process to conscious realm, make the conceptual block that inhibit it clear and we will be come better problem solver and be more creative.

Ronald Wise
A light look at the creative process and common blocks that interfere with it. There are occasional exercises which would be interesting with a group of people, but are of limited value to the lone reader. One of several books I bought while a psych major at the University of Washington and planned to buy and read, in alphabetical order by author, all the books in the psychology section of my neighborhood bookstore. This was my second reading of it, about 25 years later.
Nikish Chanekar
Nov 18, 2009 Nikish Chanekar rated it it was amazing
Best book i ever read on this theme.Very honest presentation of authors study of creative process with extremely valuable and practicals suggestion.Best part of the book is total absence of "get rich quick" stand.
Mar 26, 2012 Marjori rated it really liked it
Very interesting read that made me re-thinking how I approach problems. Some of the techniques for creative thinking I want to try such as list making and using visual representation more often.
Aug 07, 2007 Scott rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
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I really enjoyed this book and liked that it challenges current concepts that we hold as a way of seeing things differently. I think that a lot of people could use the concepts in this book.
Mar 01, 2008 Dan rated it liked it
A great book! Not entertaining or necessarily even enjoyable, but a great book to help you think about ways of perceiving things differently and solve problems better.
Dec 07, 2008 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ruth by: John Lucas
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Wonderfully written, with plenty of examples, insights, and best of all experiences, to help guide and expand your creativity. A must-read!
Sep 22, 2008 Reuel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reread 9/21/08. Some of the ideas may be useful for designing the communication strategy and media for my sabbatical project.
Jun 15, 2014 Ivan rated it really liked it
Пособие для решения инженерных проблем. С прекрасными иллюстрациями и примерами.
Apr 04, 2008 Bryce rated it really liked it
Exercise your brain, start seeing new ways to think and understand your world.
Mary Louise
Oct 28, 2010 Mary Louise rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. This book is on my booklist for spring semester 2011.
Jan 16, 2009 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I'd read this when I first got it; it feels a little dated now.
Dec 17, 2009 Trevor rated it liked it
An interesting look at creativity with salient examples.
Jesper Balslev
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Har skumlæst den for øvelser. Brugbar.
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