• Perceptual blocks

          Detecting what you expect – stereotyping
          Difficulty in isolating the problem
          Tendency to delimit the problem area poorly
          Inability to see the problem from various viewpoints
          Failure to utilize all sensory inputs
  • Emotional Blocks

           The Humanistic Psychologists
           Fear of taking a risk
           No appetite for chaos
          Judging rather than generating ideas
          Inability or unwillingness to incubate
          Lack of challenge versus excessive zeal
          Reality and fantasy
          Of flow and angst
  • Cultural and environmental blocks

          Fantasy and reflection are a waste of time, lazy, even crazy
          Playfulness is for children only
          Problem solving is a serious business and humor is out of place
          Reason, logic, numbers, utility, practicality are good: feeling,  intuition,   qualitative                judgements, pleasure, are bad.
          Any problem can be solved by scientific thinking and lots of money
          Everyone should be like me
          Cyber is better
          Tradition is preferable to change
          Distractions – phone, easy intrusion
          Lack of cooperation and trust among colleagues
          Autocratic boss who values only his/her own ideas: does not reward others
          Lack of support to bring ideas into action
  • Intellectual and expressive blocks

          Solving the problem using an incorrect language (verbal, mathematical, visual)—as in
          tryingto solve a problem mathematically when it can more easily be accomplished
          Inflexible or inadequate use of intellectual problem-solving strategies
          Lack of, or incorrect information
          Inadequate language skill to express and record ideas (verbally,  musically, visually, etc.)
  • Alternate thinking languages

         Visual Thinking
         Other sensory languages
         Cognitive diversity
         The problem of specialization
         Analysis- synthesis
        Jung and the Myers Briggs test
  • Kinds of blockbusters

        A questioning attitude
       Working on the right problem
       Time and effort focussers
       Set breakers
      Using other people’s ideas
      Crossing disciplines
      Crossing cultures and changing environments
      Unconscious blockbusting
      Other paths for freeing the unconscious
  • Groups

      Inadequate knowledge of the creative process and the use of group creativity   techniques.
      Poor understanding of the roles of affiliation and ego needs
      Poor leadership
      Inadequate or unbalanced group membership
     Lack of proper support
  • Organizations

     Too much or too little control
     Age and size
     Tradition and past success
     Inappropriate reward system and support
     Inhibitive culture