Education and experience “blinker” our thinking

Lateral thinking breaks the shackles of preconceived (blinkered) thinking to reveal creative and original thoughts. Thinking that innovates rather than competes.

Experts compete … reducing profit

Lateral thinkers innovate … increasing profit


Is your thinking “blinkered”?

This simple exercise below demonstrates how education, learning, and experience, inhibit your ability to see simple effective solutions. Your “expertise” is working against you.

Lateral thinking helps solve problems
A puzzle to demonstrate blinkered thinking


Use 3 separate lines (straight or curved) to join the boxes labeled with letters; a single line for each to join “A” to “A”, “B” to “B” and “C” to “C”. The lines cannot touch or cross each other. They must stay inside the diagram, and cannot touch the sides. They cannot touch or go through other boxes. There’s no trick involved.


Over a lifetime, your thought process has been conditioned, or “blinkered”. You probably couldn’t solve the puzzle because of two deeply entrenched teachings:

  1. “A” comes before “B” and “C; and

  2. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

In your mind, you likely first drew a straight line between the two “A” boxes. At that point, you thought “it’s impossible”, or “there’s some sort of trick to this”. Your education and experiences were working against you. In order to solve the problem, try joining the boxes “B” and “C” first.

See the solution HERE

Lateral thinking is my passion! I hope you enjoy and make the most out of these free lessons.

Michael Muxworthy – Lateral Thinking Author of Fiction

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Try using this puzzle on others. Incredibly, the more educated the person you give it to (generally speaking, there are ALWAYS exceptions to the rule), the less likely they are to solve it.


The solution is really quite simple.

The solution to blinkered thinking problem


Lateral Thinking Lesson1 – Summary

Your education and life experiences are often an obstruction to finding truths, solutions or superior alternatives. Lateral thinking skills will help you break the shackles of your blinkered thinking.


Create neural pathways of good habits by sharing and discussing what you have learned before moving onto the second lesson.

If you are having any difficulties, or you would like to contact me, please make contact HERE

Have a fun day!

Michael Muxworty

Lateral Thinking  Author and Alien Conspiracy Protagonist.

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4 thoughts on “Lesson 1 – Blinkered Thinking

  1. Hi I tried this exercise on family and work colleagues, young and old. No one was able to get the puzzle out, except for my son’s 13 year old friend. At only 13 he’s obviously had fewer years of conditioning, and this was impressively obvious as he proceeded to solve the puzzle in literally 30 seconds.

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      1. Good for you, Roger. Remember, one lesson per day, and comment after each lesson. If you want your comments to be private, just say so in the comment. Good luck.


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