"You cannot look in a new direction by looking harder in the same direction."
- Edward De Bono -
Feeling "boxed in" is essentially about a lack of options - or rather, a perceived lack of options.
It is the act of being faced with a problem/life situation & only ever considering a fixed number of solutions - none of which ever work.
At the time, it feels like no matter how hard we try, we can't ever crack the problem we are faced with. And the only things we can ever think of doing are the very same things we did before, in the vain hope that if we try again, we might figure out what we missed first/second/third/fourth time round.
This kind of perseverance is an admirable trait (see:"Grit") & there is definitely a place for it in life.
The issue, however, lies not in the trying but in the fixation on only restricted number of options to try.
They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing again & again & expecting a different result.
The only way we can stop this madness when we face problems, dead-ends and impossible conundrums is to think differently.
That means thinking differently about the "problem" itself as well as the "solutions" we are entertaining.
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