Problem Solving and Solutions in Everyday Life Analytical Essay by scribbler

A brief paper on the theories and processes to problem solving and finding solutions.
# 151681 | 1,096 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 29, 2012 in Psychology (General)

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Looking at many theories, this paper discusses the various ways people may, or may not, find ways to problems solve issues in their life and find solutions. In the section Different Approaches, the writer expounds on the rationalist approach, and the appreciative approach and various psychologists and social scientists believe we problem solve. Also, the essay looks at creative ways to problem solve and valuable use of solutions and completion.

Different Approaches
Insight and Creativity
Problem Representation and Solution
Reasoning and Judgement

From the Paper:

"Appreciative inquiry, on the other hand, involves viewing the problem in the light of perspective. This approach operates upon the principle that situations are only problematic if they are seen as problems. Individual perception becomes important here. According to the Free Management Library (2010), viewing a problem as such will likely result in less effective solutions, precisely because the situation is subjectively regarded as problematic. The approach then requires that problems are not regarded as problems at all, but rather as a situation that was favorable in the past and can be so again. The situation is then to be considered in the light of its best past conditions, where the individual considers the elements that worked in its favor. Having identified these elements, they are then applied to a vision for the future. The individual or team are then to identify and use their strengths in order to work towards implementing these favorable elements once again.
"Often, a good approach is to use a combination of problem solving techniques, rather than only the traditional or only the creative approach. Applying a combination of techniques uses the best of both approaches to find the best possible solution, and is more effective, because it widens the scope of the possible solutions.
Insight and Creativity
"As seen above, there are both rational and creative ways to approach problems and finding solutions. In finding these solutions, insight and creativity often work together. Insight in the nature of a problem is important, as it provides a springboard for obtaining a list of possible solutions, as well as the best approach or combination of approaches to follow. Creativity is also important, as solutions are often not obvious, and creative thinking is necessary to find a solution."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ASME International (2010). What is critical thinking?
  • Free Management Library (2010). Problem Solving.
  • Frisch, Alan M. (2010). Problem Representation. Artificial Intelligence Group, University of New York.
  • Lutus, P. (2010). Creative Problem Solving.

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