Which Emotions Facilitate Creative Problem Solving?

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Emotion Quadrant Diagram Some problems can’t be solved by methodical, logical thinking, but rather they require insight to relate things in a non-typical way or see novel ways of using them. When our emotions are in a particular zone (as depicted in green on the diagram), we are better at solving problems requiring creative insight.

A simple example of a problem requiring creativity is the “candle task” in which a ...

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Our Brains are Wired for Emotional Bias in Decision Making

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DecisionDo you think you make business decisions based on logic? If you’re like most people, you make decisions based on emotion and then find the facts to substantiate them. Even if you use the most sophisticated data analytics, your bias influences the hypotheses you pursue, the alternatives you consider, and the decisions you make.

A study by Antoine Bechara, Hannah Damasio, and Antonio Damasio shows that we all make decisions ...

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Build Trust by Owning up to Your Emotions

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TrustworthyWe often think we can get away with denying how we’re feeling. How often do we pretend we’re doing fine when things aren’t running smoothly? But no matter how good your poker face is, other people can detect your emotional state simply by consciously becoming attuned to it. So don’t deny what you’re feeling. If your words and actions aren’t congruent with your emotions, you’ll be perceived as ...

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