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  • By Gene Zafrin on September 8, 2003

    This is a how-to manual on thinking. The main emphasis is on habits of a good thinker, such as focus and purpose, and specific thinking tools, such as the "Plus, Minus and Interesting" technique. The book enumerates many specific methods of effective thinking and suggests exercises to practice each of them.First some Critical Thinking (a valid, but inferior activity, according to the author). In spite of the cerebral subject, some statements sound decidedly lowbrow. Intellectualism is put down as an overly complex and non-creative activity. For a purportedly successful methodology that has been around for 20 years (at the time of the book's publishing), the absence of scientific proof that the theory works is surprising: only one study with a concrete result is mentioned. One stumbles over some inconsistencies: on p. 11 critical thinking is said not to have high value in today's society, but on the next page it is claimed to be important. Terms such as "mathematical necessity of creativity" betray the author's careless use of language ("mathematical" is out of place here).The title is vague. 30 pages into the book one learns that the methods presented are generally applicable to children older than 9. This information should have been present in the cover notes or in the editorial reviews. The boy on the book's cover looks like a 5-year-old. The section on which methods to teach at which age should be in the back, since the special terms and abbreviations, mentioned before they are explained, do not make sense. The cover note claim that the book helps kids "to make today's life-and-death choices" seems rather heavy-handed.The author does not suffer from modesty: "unlike many people in this field, Dr. de Bono is an original thinker". The book is rather dry, and it is especially unfortunate since the author would like children to be among the readers.Developing educational tools for thinking echoes works of other writers (Rita Levi Montalcini, a 1986 Nobel winner in medicine, is one). Still, the author does not refer to anybody else's research on the topic, nor is there a list of literature.The main strengths of the book are its practicality and optimism. The tools are simple to use and the exercises on each technique are engaging. Refreshing is the belief that everybody can be taught to become a thinker.By far the most interesting and original part of the book is on teaching creativity by means of provocation and Random Word technique. Both tools are designed to bring one to a dramatically new view on the problem and to a solution that may be called "creative". Other techniques, such as "Consider All Factors" or "Outcome and Conclusion", might seem self-evident, but practicing them with children seems a worthwhile exercise.To summarize, most shortcomings of the book seem overall insignificant, whereas the core is healthy. I would recommend the book to those who are prepared to practice or teach thinking techniques.

  • By Marwan Esta on June 27, 2014

    It is an excellent book which is introducing my kids to me for the first time ...Since my kids were born I was playing with them and trying to teach them some skills in thinking and analyzing etc. but nothing compares to the exercises and thinking mentioned in the book ... For the first time in my life I can say I am beginning to know my children. The exercises are initiating extremely interesting discussions that are shocking me by the level of ideas and maturity a child can have ... In addition to that, these discussions are creating a stronger bond between my children and me due to the deep subjects discussed which are leading us to be open to each other ...Thank you de Bono ...

  • By Kosovar on October 13, 2003

    I only made a cup of coffee for myself,that's the only break I had while I was reading this book which was the very first by mr.De Bono. I couldn't put it down and even though this book could have been so complicated it isn't at all - as a matter of fact it was the author's goal to be as simple as possible with his ways of teaching us how to think properly. And with some effort I should be able to think properly now when I read this book. I knew I am gaining something with the humiliation I made to myself by chosing the book to teach me of something that "I already know"!!!

  • By S. Mubarak on May 13, 2005

    Teach Yourself to Think, this book is a precious one! It really helps you to think! What I personally admired about this book is that it doesn't really tell me what to think or what i should be thinking about but it shows me how many of these different kinds of thinking can benefit me in my daily life! Furthermore, after being aware of these various kinds of thinking, I've been able to achieve some of my personal goals which I wanted to achieve them along time ago, about a year ago! Thank you Edward de Bono for this rare book! Im planning on reading some of the other books of yours out there!

  • By Clifton B. Chadwick on June 29, 2015

    This book will not help you teach your children to think.Despite its title, this book will not help you very much. It appears to be a hodge-podge of ideas taken from other books by the same author. It does not have a solid theoretical background. It begins with a general discussion of why thinking is important then goes on to offer his six thinking hats, which are not very useful, then into a list of alphabet coded simple heuristics CAF, AOC, OPV, C&S, PMI, AGO, FIP (First Important Priorities), etc. Part Three offers a general discussion of thinking, logic, truth, hypotheses, lateral thinking, etc. all subjects the author has milked over the years in other books. Then more letter games, TOLOPOSOGO!!I could not find anything in the book about cognitive strategies, metacognition, cognitive load theory, effort based intelligence and other concepts which are currently the main ones used in studying critical thinking.Finally, the last matter is one I find both shocking and terribly tacky. There is a section of nin pages of persona hagiography about the author (in Part One) that seems simply dedicated to allowing him to blow his own horn, attempting to create an air of authority the reader will take him more seriously and recognize the great person he is. Poor taste.


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