Mind Power Games

Want a​ fun way to​ tune up your brain? Why not use some classic mind games to​ help you increase your brainpower and get you out of​ your thinking "ruts." Good mind games habituate you to​ using creative problem solving as​ a​ normal part of​ thinking about things.

One lateral thinking puzzle you can try right now involves nine dots,​ layed out three by three. You have to​ connect them all with four straight lines,​ and without lifting the​ pen or​ pencil from the​ paper. Figure this one out and you'll appreciate the​ expression "thinking outside of​ the​ box."

Mind Games For Groups

Some group mind games are especially good for long trips in​ a​ car. For example,​ someone looks out the​ window and randomly chooses an​ object. Everyone in​ the​ car then tries to​ imagine a​ new way to​ make money with it. Street signs become places to​ advertise,​ trees are sold with names,​ and a​ truck becomes a​ traveling grocery store.

The "change of​ perspective" technique can be used as​ a​ problem-solving game. Pick any topic,​ and see who can come up with the​ most unique new perspective. Could there be a​ world where jobs weren't necessary? How would a​ virus define morality if​ it​ was conscious?

Another creative game for a​ group uses a​ specific technique,​ called "concept combination." Simply combine random concepts or​ things in​ interesting ways,​ and see who has the​ best idea. a​ chair and a​ microwave? Maybe an​ easy-chair with a​ built-in cooler,​ microwave and television,​ or​ microwavable "couch potatoes" - a​ potato snack in​ the​ shape of​ a​ couch.

More Mind Games

Some lateral-thinking puzzles use a​ scenario,​ real or​ imagined,​ with a​ selection of​ things you have to​ use to​ accomplish something. Imagine a​ ping-pong ball in​ an​ iron pipe that's set in​ cement. the​ pipe sticks up two-feet high,​ and has almost the​ same diameter as​ the​ ball. With only a​ box of​ frosted-flakes,​ and a​ t-shirt,​ how many ways can you find to​ get the​ ball out of​ the​ pipe? You could also set this up for real,​ to​ know if​ a​ proposed solution will really work.

Riddles are just mind games or​ lateral-thinking puzzles. You move laterally in​ your mind,​ away from your usual line of​ thought,​ to​ solve a​ riddle. What did his friends do when the​ canibal was late for dinner? Gave him the​ cold shoulder. Keeping your brain in​ shape doesn't have to​ be a​ matter of​ serious study,​ does it?

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