Edward De Bono claims in one of his latest books “Think before it is too late”, that if we can understand the brain’s mechanisms then we can create the thinking “software” to cope with these processes. He also talks about self organising systems and how our brain is one. Self organising systems can simply be explained as systems that take the path of least resistance.
Rethink Perfect is about understanding the brain’s mechanisms to be always right or more so its desire to be always right. Being right combined with the desire to be always right forms our path of least resistance in our thinking and also forms a major problem, I think. Our desire to be always right is so strong that we seem to insist in making what is not right into “right” so that we can claim that we have found the path of least resistance.
If we don’t have the patience required to find what is actually “right” or the honesty to say that it is “not quite right”, then we will continue to create falsehoods to others and most importantly ourselves.
So what thinking software am I proposing to counter this problem? Well, I think that it already exists and is called “conversation”. It is through conversation that we can convert our concepts, through people’s feedback, from what we thought was right into something that more closely resembles “right”. If this does not come so easy to us as we still strive to be right through our desire to be always right, then there are a number of tools that we can also use, in conversation, to counter these desires.
Rethink Perfect has a number of these tools that, once agreed to, can counter our desires and get us a little closer to perfection or more so move a little bit further away for imperfection.