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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit
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Being Outside of the BoxAuthor Unknown
you can think outside the box, you must realize youre in one.
In the early 20th century, a British mathematician devised "The Puzzle of the Nine Points." The object of the puzzle is to connect nine points in a three-by-three grid without lifting pen from paper, using just four straight lines. The solution to this puzzle gave rise to the phrase "think outside the box" which has come to stand for creativity and unconventional thinking in one's private life and career.
The Nine Dot Puzzle
Starting from any point, draw four continuous
lines (without lifting the pen)
Pause and consider
before scrolling down. . .
9 Dot Puzzle Solution
You are driving along in your little sports car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:
What would you do, knowing that there is room for only one passenger in your car?
Pause, consider, look and see before you read any further.
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once used as part of a job application. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first; or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect dream lover again.
The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. What did he say?
He simply answered: "I would give the car keys to my old friend, and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams."
Remember what is available at all times: Being outside of the box.
This is a test for Smart People. . .
much consideration, I have determined that you qualify. The following short quiz
consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional.
Scroll down for each answer. The questions are NOT that difficult. But don't scroll
down UNTIL you have answered the question!
The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator,
put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to
do simple things in an overly complicated way.
Did you say, open the refrigerator, put
in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend. . . except one. Which animal does not attend?
Correct Answer: The elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.
Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities:
4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?
Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the animal conference. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested
got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson
Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals
have the brains of a four-year-old. PS: Just the fact that I sent it to you should
make you feel good.
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