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Distorted Western Adversarial Thinking

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Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

Distorted Western Adversarial Thinking

A colleague recently shared a story that Edward De Bono told him at a lunch meeting. Apparently Edward was approached by a lawyer who asked: "How can I use Six Thinking Hats to argue and win my case in court?"
Edward's reply was: "You can't. Six Thinking Hats is for exploration and discovery".

While his response may be considered curt and terse, it reflects Edward's beliefs on how badly Western thinking has been distorted.
In traditional argumenting, or adversarial thinking, each side takes a different position and then seeks to attack the other side. Each side seeks to prove that the other side is wrong. This is the type of thinking established by the Greek gang of three (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle) two thousand four hundred years ago. Adversarial thinking completely lacks a constructive, creative or design element. It was intended only to discover the 'truth' not to build anything."
This is the main reason why Edward De Bono created Six Thinking Hats. We need parallel thinking to overcome adversarial thinking.
Unfortunately, it's easier said than done. Our legal systems are so deeply entrenched in an argument process seeking a win-lose outcome. It has spilled over to our political systems which deliberately create opposing parties that attack each other and defend their righteous cause to win our vote.

What are your thoughts about a court of laws or the parliament using Six Thinking Hats? Would it work? Or is there no hope?
 

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Victor Aguilan
Professor, Philippines
 

Using Six Thinking Hats in Court

De Bono Six Thinking Hats is not designed to win arguments but to solve problems. I don't think you ... Sign up

 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Using Six Thinking Hats in Court or in Parliament

Thanks Gary for contributing such great topics to our 6TH-forum. Indeed, "If all you have is a hamm... Sign up

 

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Discussion Topics
topic Resolving a Business Argument
topic Clarification: Team Process
topic Examples of Using Six Hats Thinking
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topic Telecom Example of Six Thinking Hats
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topic Everybody Should Wear More Than 1 Hat
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topic Business Conflict Resolution
topic Six Hats is Universally Applicable
topic Switching Hats by Top Managers
topic Taking Advantage of Conflicts in Group Decision Making
topic Seventh Thinking Hat: Grey for Wisdom
topic Tools to Consider Multiple Perspectives
topic Avoiding Groupthink with 6 Thinking Hats Process
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topic Six Hats really great
topic Can Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Improve Thinking?
topic Current Status of Six Thinking Hats? Hot News
topic Conditions for 6 Thinking Hats. Assumptions
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