If you put the problem in a different context you will definitely change the way you think about it. A great way to do this is to imagine that you're actually the problem. This is basically taking the perspective of the problem as if the problem had its own experience.
Some questions you can ask:
• How would I experience if I were (BLANK)?
• What does my idea Experience?
• What would I think of myself?
These questions help you put your experience inside the problem instead of looking at the problem from outside. Sometimes we need to change our perspective from the observational persona, to the perspective of the problem. How would the problem see the world, where does the problem stand and where is its position?
Some great philosophers and great thinkers have always said that knowledge can only come from actual experience. Of this notion we basically take that abstraction and imagine that the problem has its own experience and from that experience there is a possibility for a new perceived knowledge. Einstein imagined he was riding a beam of light hurtling through space, this experience later became the Theory of Relativity. Changing perspective to some aspect of the problem, or the whole problem, instead of the perspective of the observer of the problem, can give interesting insights.
This, being the problem perspective, you can now put into your arsenal of perspectives (other perspectives: your customer/users, your investor, a child) and apply it to problems you are trying to solve. Different perspectives can present to you ideas your own perspective might not intuitively see.
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