In your response to my collegue post, compare and contrast your ideas and strate
In your response to my collegue post, compare and contrast your ideas and strategies to those of your collegues. In what settings do you see your peers’ strategies working best?
My Collegue Post:
We have to solve problems every single day, and those problems can be incredibly simple or very complex, from solving a puzzle game to trying to figure out how you are going to go about your day when you have multiple tasks that need to be done throughout the day. And there are a number of reasons that solving problems may be more difficult for us. For example, when we have lost a great deal of sleep, it is very difficult for our brains to figure out the problem right in front of us even though it is a very simple one.
Although we go may go through these moments of being unable to solve problems, there are strategies we can use to help us improve our problem solving abilities. Early theories on problem-solving focused mainly on the idea of trial and error. This is when we try a solution to see if it will work, if it does not, then we move on to the next solution to see if it will work. This method is typically great if there are not many potential solutions to a problem, but if there are many potential solutions this method may not be the most efficient
It was found that when researchers were studying the think-aloud method, they learned that people were using systematic strategies rather than trial and error strategies, and while we may also use our past experiences while trying to solve a problem, it was found that we are able to find our solutions through productive processes as a strategy to figure out the problem. This means we are able to create a mental representation of information that is structured to achieve a specific goal – this is all part of the Gestalt approach to Psychology.
Lastly, another method to solving problems is to actually step away from the problem and focus on something else that does not require you to think about the problem at hand. It has been theorized that we are able to continue to process the problem unconsciously which is what can lead to that “aha!” moment. This is called insight (McBride & Cutting, 2018. )
There are several different ways that we can go about solving our daily problems, especially when our minds are in a state that makes it more difficult to solve them. It is incredibly helpful to know that if we feel we are not successful problem solvers, there are ways to improve our abilities to do so. References:
McBride, D. M., Cutting, J. C. (2018). Interactive: Cognitive Psychology Interactive eBook, 2nd Edition. [[VitalSource Bookshelf version]]. Retrieved from vbk://9781544324845