In these cases, it is valuable to visualize important elements of the problem.
For instance, if you are calculating probabilities of some event happening, you can simulate the situation and observe outcomes yourself.
If you want to help someone become more socially successful, you can act as that person does and observe the consequences.
More understanding can occur in some cases if we go farther and imagine being the problem, a key process, or the solution.
So, if you want to understand space and time, you can imagine, as Einstein did, riding a light beam.
However, we can keep only some much visual information in our minds at once.
Hence, it is often useful to draw a picture or diagram.If you want to determine why a spacecraft exploded, simulate its flight, and try ways of recreating the explosion. Creating a concrete example helps us explore the problem just as we might explore a specific example of dinosaur bones to understand dinosaurs.So, if you want to determine what makes a person psychotic, consider real people who have become psychotic.For instance, if you want to minimize harm to individuals in auto accidents, create a computer model of the structures and forces involved. If you want to reduce international strife, create a model of causes.Imagination can help us understand a problem by visualizing it.So, if you want to calculate when two airplanes will collide, draw their paths and speeds.If you plan to assault a house where a terrorist holds hostages, draw a picture of the room, doors, windows, hostages, etc.Problems come to us with varying amounts of important and useless information.Focusing on useless information distracts us and wastes time. The comprehensive nature of the list of problem solving strategies allows individuals to use a checklist approach to problem solving.The explanations and examples given could serve as a valuable supplement to other explanations and examples available in books and on the web.