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  1. This means that this issue cannot be solved logically, and reflection will lead to nothing. It happens that way. Many things are solved by a rush of feelings, and if you think about it, they will never be solved.

  2. Try the principles described in TRIZ. All sorts of turning the situation upside down, introducing new objects and participants, and so on, and so on.

  3. I'll tell you about my experience 🙂
    But I learned a lot from my previous answers 🙂

    In life, you often have to deal with”dead-end” situations, as it seems at first glance. I know for sure that there are no situations or problems that cannot be solved. Everything has a cause, there are consequences. Sometimes it seems that thinking about the “problem”, so to speak, has reached a dead end, but this happens only because we are very fixated on one thing. That is, we see this solution and think that it is perfect, but for some reason it does not work out. Unfortunately, it happens that sometimes thinking about something in the end does not meet expectations and the result is not at all what we want.
    I carry a diary/notebook with me, and if my thoughts reach a dead end, then I draw for myself schematically the problem itself, which, in fact, I am thinking about, and possible solutions, trying to cover even those that did not occur to me all this time. And, lo and behold :So, considering this scheme, I sometimes come to the resolution of a “dead end”, and even the solution may not be on this scheme at all, but the brain is unloaded and attention for some time loses concentration and then everything “reboots”.
    Also, I resort to the help of other people, even if they do not have any knowledge in the field that I need, but their thoughts, questions to me, can lead to the right way to solve my problem or even to a better solution.
    When thinking about the problem, I can “step aside” a little, in order to identify for myself some significant properties/other problems/situations, and this helps to better understand.
    Sometimes, roughly speaking, I look for “precedents” and the case is not only in the legal sphere, but also in many others. In popular parlance, these are such “life hacks”.
    Another very effective way (I don't know how for you, but it works for me), if I get into a dead end and realize that continuing to rape the brain is not an option, I change my field of activity: I go to read, write something, go for a walk, watch movies or go to bed. And it happens that I wake up at night with an exact solution to the problem. I write it down, go to bed, and just edit it in the morning, because my brain is rested and I can do something progressive.
    I can also advise you that if a deadlock has occurred in the field of knowledge or life situations in which you either do not have enough knowledge or experience, you can always turn to books, close people, friends, older comrades or acquaintances. And believe me, not all “dead ends” can be resolved in minutes. Sometimes it takes months 🙂

  4. You need to completely distract yourself from these thoughts, defocus your thinking and let your brain work on the task in” offline mode”. You can go for a walk, do sports, listen to relaxing music, sleep, after all. After a break, returning to your thoughts, it is much easier to look at the problem from the other side, or the solution will come “by itself”, it will be visible in the palm of your hand.

    A similar effect could be seen in school, when you try to learn a poem for a long time without success, think that you have failed and go to bed, and the next morning your head is clearly remembered and there is no confusion.

    This approach works with different types of thoughts: from poems to mathematical problems and life problems. The main thing is to alternate between focused and scattered modes of thinking.

    You can read more about these types of thinking and thinking in general ,for example, in Daniel Kahneman's book “Think Slowly, decide quickly”. It also discusses the main cognitive errors, knowing about the existence of which it is easier to make the right decisions.

    I hope this helps to avoid getting into dead ends when thinking).

  5. Oh, it's very simple.

    Step 1. Expand the information space of the source material. Take a lot of post-it, a pen, choose some concept that is important for your problem (or an idea that you think about), and start just throwing associations. Fill the entire space of the table or wall.

    Step 2. Take different stickers at random and start putting them together. Don't think for more than 20 seconds. If it doesn't work out, take others at random. Go for quantity, not quality. Your task at this stage is to push the brain out of its mental rut.�

    Step 3. Combined ideas, or rather their central elements, please send us more questions about SCAMPER:

    • Substitute — replace,
    • Combine (you did this at the previous stage) — combine,�
    • Adapt — adapt,�
    • Minify — reduce it,�
    • Put to other use-find another application,�
    • Eliminate — remove it altogether,�
    • Reverse — turn it upside down.�

    I'm sure you'll have a lot of new ideas!�

    Remember the main thing: creativity is not a gift, but a skill. You need to learn how to work with your inner content. Use any whiteboards more often, they help to exteriorize your thoughts, that is, upload them somewhere so that you can work with them. Go and learn the lego serious play method, read de Bono's book Serious creativity, there's a really cool section about provocations.

  6. Unfortunately, the question is written so abstractly that you are unlikely to get a concrete and necessary answer. Situations can be very different and contradictory. In some cases, you need to act logically, in others-spontaneously. Everything is very individual and there is no single system for avoiding various mental dead ends. On the one hand, a dead end is a reward, on the other-the risk of remaining in the illusion for a long time. Because if you try to overcome the impasse, then most likely there will be a transition to a new level of thinking. But if, after an unsuccessful attempt to curb the impasse, you back away, then instead of” breaking through”, you will run in a circle. This run can last a lifetime.

  7. There is a saying in this regard: “Morning is wiser than evening.” It means that you need to take a break from thinking and relax. Since intense thinking about the situation leads to fatigue, and what is called “blurs the eye”, when”you can not “objectively evaluate”the details “or sometimes because of an overabundance of emotions,” it does not allow you to take a balanced approach to solving the issue. In this case, the situation should be “let go”, even with an effort. Take a break from the problem and the solution will come.

  8. It depends on which � is the solution to a specific problem or theoretical (for example, what is primary-matter or spirit?).�

    Thinking is stymied for several reasons:

    • you no longer have any material to analyze due to the unavoidable limitations of your horizons;

    • You are not looking at the situation from all possible angles;

    • you have a psychological barrier, because you understand that further reflection will lead to conclusions that are negative for you personally.

  9. I liked the previous answer! 🙂
    And if we talk about my experience, I usually try to look at the situation in an abstract way, without any emotions, in order to discard the option when the impasse is caused by the fact that some solution/answer/result is simply less preferable and therefore they are omitted, you close your eyes to them and do not seem to notice.
    Personally, creativity helps me a lot-to sit down to draw (you can walk, read, take pictures, play music……), so that you can temporarily focus all your attention on other activities. You can, by the way, do sports or go swimming. Change of activity from intellectual to physical or creative.�
    And I'm also lucky, because I know someone who always looks at a situation or problem in a way that no one else would think of! He turns everything upside down, giving the most absurd schemes, answers and options, but, oddly enough, it works! After a certain reflection is brought to the point of absurdity, extreme, you see its strong, weak, original, typical features more prominently and it can take on new facets.
    Go ahead and don't stop thinking 🙂

  10. What do we do when, for example, a car gets stuck in a cul-de-sac? That's right, we reverse and try to get out by turning the steering wheel. So with consciousness – if you feel that, in fact, in a dead end of thinking – just “roll back” thoughts a step or two back and try to find some other continuation of them. This simple idea has helped me many times.

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