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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440477914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440477911
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,971,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Regina Pacelli works as an applications project manager, designing and implementing computer applications. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration - Operations Management.

More About the Author

Regina Pacelli is the author of three books, a suspense-thriller, "Into the Arms of Madness" that has a twist of the bizarre in it, and two creative thinking books: "Outsmart the Unexpected: Grow Your Creativity the Edge-of-your-seat Way," a book of dilemmas (in story form) you need to find a way out of, and "Whole Lotta Creativity Going On", a book of 60 fun and usual creativity boosting exercises. She has a background in computer science and public administration.

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You may even gain some new insights into your own creativity and critical thinking skills.
Amazon Customer
Various problematic or unresolved scenarios are described in the form of short stories while clues are sprinkled along the way about the scenarios and the characters.
B. Phillips
I wish I had known it was just a riddle or puzzle book, that is, a list of several vignettes/predicaments designed to ask - what would you do in this situation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Phillips on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was fun to read I especially love the suggestions made in the appendix. I love to play the game of chess where I'm constantly solving problems over a game board. As a chess hobbyist and enthusiast, I love anything that allows me to exercise my analytical gears. This book pushed me to ask the right questions in order to shed light on each described situation. The beauty is that there really are no wrong or right solutions - you can be as rational or irrational as your mood dictates. Therefore, anyone who depends on their creativity at work or play should read this book as a way to allowing their creative juices to gush.

Various problematic or unresolved scenarios are described in the form of short stories while clues are sprinkled along the way about the scenarios and the characters. The question is then posed which essentially asks: How would you solve this problem or what would you do in this situation? The resulting mental exercises encourage us to use our imaginations and creative skills to analytically determine the best or most creative solutions based on mental prowess, understanding of the problem, personal values and personality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
It is an interesting concept for a book and it encourages readers to use their imaginations. The situations the characters find themselves in can sometimes seem very dire and in some cases I found myself thinking, "Oh no! This cannot end well", but the beauty of the book is that if you like happy endings, it is up to you to use your creativity to find one.

The book encourages you to ask questions and analyze the various scenarios from different angles. What are the issues? What significant information is omitted? What reasonable solutions (or unreasonable solutions) are possible? This book is a fun activity for an evening home with friends (game night for critical thinkers). You can read the book out loud and discuss the possible outcomes. It is interesting to see what conclusion other people draw and their reasoning. The discussions can lead to some very stimulating conversations and your friends may even surprise you with the conclusions they draw. You may even gain some new insights into your own creativity and critical thinking skills.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Christian on December 9, 2009
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In this debut effort the author presents us with bite-size stories that stop just short of the climax leaving the reader to ponder " what happens?" . In fact, that's our task - to determine the answer to that question based on how we've understood the stories and read the clues. There are no right or wrong conclusions just different ones depending upon the readers interpretation, imagination and creativity. It's like having a friend present you with a dilemma , tell you how he's thinking of attacking it and asking for your advice and when you give it, you find out he had something else in mind altogether. Or being confronted with a situation at work that you've never before encountered requiring you to think on your feet and find a workable solution. It's even a bit like wondering what will happen next Fall when your favorite show leaves you hanging after this season 's finale. Do the police catch the murderer? Does the wounded character survive? As a viewer, you have all kinds of theories about how the situation will be resolved and presented when the show returns, but the producers may come up with something else entirely. It just proves that there are many ways to skin the proverbial cat.

In this book the reader only gets the highlights of the situation that the character is facing and has to work with information that is often "sketchy" or "sparse", as she points out, so you don't just have to come up with an ending, you have to fill in the gaps along the way. By supposing what's in those gaps, you have more information to help you arrive at a logical conclusion and help the character out of his fix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Morning Hill Walker on December 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Yes, you have a chance to make your own happy ending, be your own hero and stretch your brain with the various scenarios in this quirky little book. Not a parlor game but then again it would really enliven any party as several short problematic scenarios are presented. You are asked to solve them. I took this to my office and we spent several lunch hours going over the possibilities. It is really fascinating to see others flex their comfort zones to come up with answers using creative problem solving skills. There are no right answers. You are on your own to work with the facts presented. Not just fun or thought provoking, it leaves you wanting to go through the entire book. Meanwhile you are using your creativity, decision making chops and critical thinking skills to solve problems you hope you never encounter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex S TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 19, 2009
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I have to confess - I live my life in an uncomplicated manner. I believe that telling the truth is always the best strategy. I also have read many books that have made me aware of things to watch out for in dealing with people in order to avoid dangerous situations.

So, often I find myself upset at characters who mess up their lives because they don't pay attention, or because they aren't willing to take the consequences of their actions. I find myself yelling - "Just tell the truth!" or "Don't get into the car, fool!" But not a single character listens to me. In this case, I got to be the "author" and try to help them out of their difficulties.

Regina Pacelli asks you to resolve these situations two ways:

1) Put yourself into the shoes of the individual in the problem, and try to imagine how they (being who they are) would have the ability to resolve the situation. So, a person who is totally passive would find it difficult to act aggressively, and you would need to find a passive solution.

2) Ask yourself how you would resolve the situation personally. This allows you to put yourself into the scenario.

I anticipated scenarios where you would have to extricate yourself from difficult situations. And some of the scenarios did include this as a factor.

However, a majority of the situations involved interacting with other people to resolve the issue presented. How could you (or would you) get out of the situation by things that you say to them. Since you can only guess at the outcome if you act in a certain way, you can't be certain if your choice would have been the correct one.
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