a heuristic for solving problems; you try to look at the problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on
Using reasoned thought in a non-standard, or non-linear logical, way to find a solution to a problem.
Origin: Term coined by Edward de Bono in 1967
Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono. According to de Bono, lateral thinking deliberately distances itself from standard perceptions of creativity as either "vertical" logic or "horizontal" imagination.
The numerical value of lateral thinking in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of lateral thinking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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