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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 2: The mind at work

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Chinese proverb

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When you are thinking to some purpose there are three principal mental functions at work:

Analyzing – resolving wholes into their constituent parts

Synthesizing – building wholes out of their different elements

Valuing – judging or appraising on scales of relative worth

These activities take place on various levels of the mind. Sometimes they submerge like a submarine into the depth mind (the unconscious) and resurface later on.

We think as whole persons, not as disembodied minds. Therefore emotion or feeling is ever present, waiting in the wings. It plays a positive ...

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