Your Way of Thinking

October 11, 2014

When we try to solve a puzzle, we use many techniques and ways of thinking. I have been trying to figure out how to solve the Star Puzzle, a puzzle with six identical pieces that come together to form a 12 pointed star. After a while of trying I turned to a trusted method I learned from a smart friend


 - Mr. De Bono’sSix Thinking Hats.

The premise of the method is that the human brain thinks in a number of distinct ways which can be deliberately challenged, and hence planned for use in a structured way allowing one to develop tactics for thinking about particular issues. De Bono identifies six distinct directions in which the brain can be challenged. In each of these directions the brain will identify and bring into conscious thought certain aspects of issues being considered (e.g. gut instinct, pessimistic judgment, neutral facts). None of these directions are completely natural ways of thinking, but rather how some of us already represent the results of our thinking.



The White Hat calls for information known or needed. "The facts, just the facts." 


The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.


The Black Hat is judgment - the devil's advocate or why something may not

work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably

the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused.


The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can

express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.


The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It's an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.


The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It's the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed.


Using the white hat, I gather the facts:

This is how the complete star puzzle looks.

When we break it, we get 6 similar pieces.

The Yellow hat is the part when I convince myself that I can do it, first because I saw it complete,

So there must be a way to do it.

I start building the star but can’t complete it: I’m almost there, but I have to find a different way to solve it.

Now I’m probably frustrated or intrigued (wearing the red hat).

In order to solve the puzzle, I will think creatively, and will leave half of the puzzle (3 combined pieces) as is, and will build a similar shape from the other three pieces.

All that’s left is to combine the 2 shapes into one star.