Some students have difficulty in considering alternative points of view or dealing with more than one classification system simultaneously. THEIR way to solve a problem seems to be the ONLY way. They perceive situations from a very ego-centric point of view: “My way or the highway!”. An amazing discovery about the human brain is its plasticity – its ability to “rewire”, change and even repair itself to become smarter. Flexible people can approach a problem from a new angle using a novel approach – deBono (1970) refers to this as lateral thinking. They consider alternative points of view or deal with several sources of information simultaneously. Their minds are open to change based on additional information and data or reasoning, which contradicts their beliefs. They know that they have and can develop options and alternative to consider.
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change – Albert Einstein