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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coping with Frustration

The Art of Thinking. A Guide to Critical and Creative Thought, Ninth Edition

From Chapter 1: Developing Your Thinking: An Overview
ISBN: 9780205668335 Author: Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
copyright © 2009 Pearson Education



All thinkers have their share of frustration: confusion, mental blocks, false starts, and failures happen to everyone. Good thinkers, however, have learned strategies for dealing with their frustration, whereas poor thinkers merely lament it—thus allowing themselves to be defeated by it. One important study of students’ problem-solving processes revealed some interesting differences between good and poor problem solvers. Among them were the following:13


Good Problem Solvers Poor Problem Solvers
Read a problem and decide how to begin attacking it. Cannot settle on a way to begin.
Bring their knowledge to bear on a problem. Convince themselves they lack sufficient knowledge (even when that is not the case).
Go about solving a problem systematically—for example, trying to simplify it, puzzling out key terms, or breaking the problem into subproblems. Plunge in, jumping haphazardly from one part of the problem to another, trying to justify first impressions instead of testing them.
Tend to trust their reasoning and to have confidence in themselves. Tend to distrust their reasoning and to lack confidence in themselves.
Maintain a critical attitude throughout the problem-solving process. Lack a critical attitude and take too much for granted.

14 comments:

Dane Gerace com101 6002 said...

I relate to the good problem solver. I think in steps most of the time to make the problem more simple instead of getting over whelmed by the whole picture. I say its helped me alot in school. Ive gotten mostly staright A's all my life with a couple of B's in there.

Danielle Scarano 4041 said...

i think i am more of a good problem solver. sometimes i maybe over confident in my decisions and disregard other people's input. but i definitely dont take too much for granted.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I think I am more of a poor problem solver. I have such a hard time making decisions I usually give up and move on before I begin solving!

Anonymous said...

Depending on the problem, I am either a good or poor problem solver. When it comes to work problems I can usually decide what needs to happen to fix the problem and do so. When it comes to school I can never decide what is the best way to start a problem, get anxious, than try to avoid it as much as possible. Reading the ’Good Problem Solvers’ section helps me to know a different way I could look at going about school problems.

Chantel T.
4041

Anonymous said...

So many of us bog ourselves down worrying that we will do the wrong thing so we do nothing! When doing nothing is usually the worst thing to do. Action is the only thing that will solve a problem!

Danielle Davis
Com 4041

Anonymous said...

According to this i'm in the middle, i'll get a problem and know how to dig into it but i don't always settle with the answer that i come to..
Julie Fabre
BC6003

Nick Pellegrini Com101-6002 said...

Confidence is a big part of life. You need to trust in yourself, and realize that not everything comes easy. With that said, I'm sure everyone has approached problems in both ways, including myself.

Anonymous said...

HA!
While I agree with most of this, I do find that the first point of a poor problem solver, "Cannot settle on a way to begin", is not accurate, as it implies a timeline. I find myself sometimes having trouble deciding where to begin, in writing for instance. I may not know precisely what I want to write about when I sit down at my computer, so I may spend a lot of time beginning; once I get moving, any roadblocks are dealt with effectively.

Alan Kennamer
HUM114

Anonymous said...

Shirley Hartman HUM/114
Many of us jump into situations without understanding the problem clearly. most resolutions are usually simple but need time to understand. by simplifying a problem, the understanding becomes more clear.

Anonymous said...

I feel that I fall within the good problem solvers category. Most of the time, whenever I have a problem I try to simplify it so that it is easier for me to find a solution. Erik E. Lopez HUM/114

Anonymous said...

I feel that I am a really good problem solver when it comes to life but am always open to learn and deal with life in new ways


mischelle nowery

Anonymous said...

depends the problems. some i am really good problem solver or not. that's life.

Jess Kobayashi said...

Ahhh, I see this often in classes that I take where students will get frustrated and tend to give up because they have never been taught how to study, or problem solve. I believe, organization is key to effective problem solving and less stress and anxiety when faced with a difficult situation. I believe more instructors should teach the read, stop, and think method. It seems like students and non students allike tend to put an overwhelming amount of pressure on themselves, (myself included) to get things done quickly, rather than correctly. We also tend to not ask for help, thinking we may be perceived as "not smart" or "slow". But nothing could be farther from the truth. Those who take the time to ask for help, and organize their thoughts and work, will consistantly have better results and better problem solving skills.

Anonymous said...

I think one of the most important aspects of a good problem solver that is missing is understanding how to learn and move on from a mistake, or a wrong decision. They could be the best problem solver in the world, but if they keep making the same mistake over and over they will lose the confidence they have because they can't see the connection. Whereas a bad problem solver who recognizes they have been in the same situation before will gain confidence that he or she is on the right path.

Nicole H.