Common Mistakes

The approach we take to life, to solving problems and to understanding the world may be flawed and cause misconceptions. We may do the unconsciously, probably unintentionally. But the misconceptions are real even when produce through the best of intentions.

  • We surround ourselves with people and information that confirms the ideas that we already have. This will tend to tell us that we are right, even if we are half-right or completely wrong.

A related problem is where we notice things in the environment that are already part of our thinking. This isn’t so bad, till we realize that we are missing many details that might challenge or at least expand our way of thinking.

  • We can confuse cause and effect. Or the complex interplay that relates to this. Do athletes have fit bodies because of their training? Or did they become athletes because they had the right type of body? Perhaps they became athletes because of the potential already in their bodies. Some people will never be successful athletes even if they do all the training required.

Elite universities are only open to the highest performing students. But then they teach them cutting edge material with highly qualified staff. No wonder the results are good.

  • Lost investment – if we have invested a lot of time and money in a project or relationship we are reluctant to change, even if we are not getting much out of it. We may ignore a better opportunity because we will not abandon the investment in the previous opportunity.
  • Predicting odds. If we keep losing at a gamble we mistakenly think that we are eventually due for a win. But we are probably going to keep on losing. The past gamble has no effect on the present gamble.
  • Rationalizing a decision after it is too late to change. We have invested time and money and like to tell ourselves it was worthwhile. But sometimes it was simply a mistake.
  • We don’t like to make decisions that conflict with the image we have of ourselves, nor do we like to remember anything that conflicts with our image of ourselves.
  • Our memory is unreliable. Sometimes we don’t want to acknowledge the truth, sometime we mistake other peoples’ comments for our own false memory, sometimes we simply get it wrong.

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Escape rooms won’t directly solve any of the world’s problems, or even any personal problems. But if they change our biases and bad thinking habits we might do a bit better then next time we encounter a personal issue.

Think outside the usual pattern and see the world a little differently.

A Genius Approach

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Albert Einstein, who represents a popular idea of an absent minded professor genius, apparently said that if he had limited time to save the world he would spend most of the time defining the problems and only five minutes finding the answer. This is perhaps a good approach to solving any problem.

Before we try to run straight towards a solution we should invest some time and effort into understanding the issue.  If we misunderstand the issue we might solve the wrong problem, or just get stuck.

Learning to solve problems is a skill that can be taught and learnt. Intelligence helps, but we can always add to our skill in order to reach the potential that our intelligence affords us.

  • If no already presented as a question try reducing the problem to a question.
  • Rephrase the problem – increase productivity, increase efficiency, produce more with less time, produce more with less effort, produce the same with less overhead – which applies to the particular problem.
  • Try to make the situation engaging.
  • Challenge assumptions. Did you assume the gender of the person? That the person who reported the crime was innocent?
  • Gather information and facts.
  • Can the problem be looked at as a several smaller connected problems?
  • Consider intentions and motives behind the actions of others. They could be very different to your ideas.
  • Look at how everything links together, there are no facts in isolation, there are always some links.
  • Find multiple perspectives. How do things look to others?
  • Consider all sort of solutions, including half solutions. They might lead to better ideas.
  • Reverse the problem. What would cause problems? What would make it worse?

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This is a genius approach as opposed to the genius approach. The whole point of genius is that the approach is always unique and the answer is different to what came before. Yet at the same time it is always a good idea to get the best possible understanding of the problem before searching for the solution.

Escape rooms are designed to be solved. The pieces will fit together. The designers just want you to find one of several ways to fit it all together.

It helps to know that there is a solution.

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