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Board in front of the head: Why easy, when it can be complicated

Why easy when it can be cumbersome? This is not just a saying, but rather a kind of motto in life for many. Even if a door opens straight ahead, the way around the wall is searched for - in case of doubt also through the middle or over it. The proverbial Board in front of the head makes people blind to the simple, the obvious and the obvious. Instead, everything gets complicated until a simple problem becomes an almost insoluble challenge. If something then goes wrong, not only is the frustration great, but also the question of how it came to this in the first place. But why do we have a board in front of our heads so often - and what can you do about it?

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Brett in front of the head: how does it come about

The well-known board in front of the head is a phenomenon with different names, which basically all mean the same: Take something simple and make it incredibly complicated. The linguistic images all take up a similar motif:

  • Have a board in front of your head
  • Can't see the forest for the trees
  • Don't look right and left

In terms of work, one could also speak of operational blindness. However, it is always about the simplest solution to a problem not seen or is recognized as such.

By the way, the board in front of the head was originally exactly that: A piece of wood, but not in front of the human head, but was attached to oxen or other work animals in front of their eyes to block their view and to encourage the stubborn animals to work more easily.

But why do we have a board in front of our heads so often when the obvious answer is within our grasp? This is usually your own fault entrenched thought patterns. It is not really concerned with the problem at hand, but tries to use ready-made thinking drawers.

We don't look at reality, we only see what we want to see. The board in front of the head can even do one Question of habit be. If you are used to always thinking abstractly and outside the box, for example because this is required in your job, it can sometimes be difficult to concentrate on the obvious.

Board in front of the head can arise if it is too easy

Another reason for the board in front of the head is that mistrust against anything that seems too simple. This can often be observed in exams, but also in quiz programs on television. Seemingly simple questions sometimes turn into the biggest problem.

The explanation behind it: We just can't believe it should be that easy - and so the brain begins to look for possible traps, tricks, or information that may have been overlooked. The feeling of being given something arouses enormous suspicion.

So instead of taking the simplest and most obvious answer, people think long and hard about where the catch is. Outwardly it looks like the classic board in front of your head, but you want to prevent the questioner from being pissed off - the result remains the same: You complicate things when it could be so easy.

This is how you can get rid of the board in front of your head

The opposite of constantly complicating things is the so-called KISS principle. There are now various translations for the acronym, among the most common Keep it simple, stupid, Keep it simple and stupid or Keep it short and simple. The idea is clear: if it succeeds, a problem on the easiest way this is usually the best way to solve it.

This also pursues other approaches Simplification theory. Occam's razor assumes, for example, that of several possible explanations, the simplest theory is preferable to all others. And Albert Einstein also said earlier If you can't just explain it, you haven't understood well enough.

However, once the board in front of your head is there the way back to the simple solution not that easy - but not impossible either. These tips can help you get rid of the board:

  • Accept that it can be easy

    With the right attitude, it becomes easier to put your own board down in front of your head and instead concentrate on the simple solutions. Try to make it clear to yourself that it is doesn't always have to be difficult. Simple solutions are just as common as complex ones - and they are in no way inferior to others. It is simply a misconception that the difficult solutions could lead to better results.

  • Turn the question around once

    Sometimes it can help to break out of your own thinking if you turn the question or problem you are dealing with completely around. This is called in the questioning techniques paradoxical question designated. From a How can it work? then becomes a Will it definitely not work? This enables a completely new perspective - including how simple it can be.

  • Ask others for their opinion

    Everyone sometimes has a board in front of their head, but it is very unlikely that several are affected at the same time. That is why it is often a A direct change of perspective is the most effective way. Admit that you seem to be on the line, get stuck, and ask for help. You might get a few stupid sayings for this, but you should be able to stand over it or just be able to laugh along. You may feel offended sometimes - but at least that shows that the board is no longer in the way.

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