Techniques to control your thinking
Six thinking hats
The main difficulty in thinking is confusion. We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope and creativity all crowd in on us.
The Six Thinking Hats technique, developed by Edward de Bono allows us to control our thinking. It gives us a means of directing attention to different aspects of a matter.
A hat is used as part of a uniform, and defines a role. A thinking hat can define a specific role in the thinking process. By putting your thinking hat on, you become a thinker. Your playacting becomes real. The thinking hats provide a tangible way of translating intention into performance.
The symbolism of the six hats provides a very convenient way of asking someone to change gears. These hats set rules for the thinking game.
Each of the six thinking hats has a colour: white, red, black, yellow, green and blue. The colour gives the hat its name and specific character.
The colours make visualization easier. The colour of each hat is also related to its function.
In practice the hats are always referred to by their function.