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  • Writer's pictureLisa Almehsen

How to think through problems efficently

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

The quote by Jean De La Bruyere: "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think," may seem a bit radical, however, according to the premise of cognitive psychology, what you think is what you feel.

Here are seven-steps for an effective problem-solving process.

1. Identify the issues.

2. Be clear about what the problem is. ...

3. Understand everyone's interests. ...

4. List the possible solutions (options) ...

5. Evaluate the option

6. Select an option or options. ...

7. Document the agreement(s). ...

8. Agree on contingencies, monitoring, and evaluation.

Every problem we are able to resolve increases increases self-confidence and self-worth. Thinking critically not only helps us handle future challenges more skillfully, it also broadens our life experience and helps us gain perspective.

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