I am sure we have all heard the phrase, ”Thinking outside the box” or ”Thinking out of the box” or ”Thinking beyond the box”. This is a metaphor that implies to think in a new way, differently, unconventionally or from a new perspective
Creative thinking acknowledges and rejects the accepted paradigm to come up with new ideas.
There is a famous nine dots puzzle, arranged in a square like this
The puzzle propose an intellectual challenge – to connect dots by drawing four straight, continuous lines that pass through each of the nine dots, and never lifting the pencil from the paper. This is resolved by drawing lines outside the confines of the square area defined by the nine dots themselves. The phrase, ‘thinking outside the box’ is a restatement of the solution strategy. The puzzle seems difficult because people commonly imagine boundary around the edge of the dot array. That is, the solution never occurs to most people because they see a box and their thinking is limited by that.
A bit surprised, yeah! Live and learn.