Discuss the Emotional, Intellectural, Expressive and Environmental Blocks in Problem Solving.

Emotional Block.

Emotional inhibitions to creativity usually result from past traumatic experiences and/or the stress of everyday living. Probably the root of most emotional blocks is insecurity. Regardless of whether it is an insecurity of self, life, parents, job, death, unknown, or new situations, it can still be regarded as a fear or anxiety’ that is just as effective in inhibiting creativity as are perceptual and cultural inhibitions.

Intellectural blocks.

This block can occur as a result of inflexible or inadequate uses of problem solving strategies. Lacking the necessary intellectual skills to solve a problem can certainly be a block as can lack of the information necessary to solve the problem. For example, attempting to solve complicated satellite communication problems without sufficient background in that area would soon result in blocked progress. Additional background, training, or resources may be necessary to solve a problem. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Expressive Block.

The inability to communicate your ideas to others, in either verbal or written form, can also block your progress. Anyone who has played a game of charades can relate to the difficulties that this type of clock can cause. Make sketches, drawings, and don’t be afraid to take time to explain your problem to others. They include:

  • Using the wrong language.
  • Inadequate explanations.

Environmental Blocks.

Distractions (phones, easy intrusions) are blocks that inhibit deep prolonged concentration. Working in an atmosphere that is pleasant and supportive most often increases the productivity of the problem solver. On the other hand, working under conditions where there is a lack of emotional , physical, economical, or organizational support to bring ideas into action usually has a negative effect on the problem solver and decreases the level of productivity. They include:

  • Management style.
  • Distractions.
  • Physical discomfort.
  • Lack of support.
  • Stress.
  • Lack of communication.
  • Monotonous work.
  • Expectations of others.
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