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Lateral Analysis Defined.

Based on lateral thinking, although it might seem like an oxymoron, lateral analysis is really a development out of it. Helping to make it a practical process. First you do a brain storm on your associations with the whole situations. You then analyze the components of the situation and again do a creative association exercise based on them. You can use any systematic approach to do the analysis of the components.

If, while you do this, you are always aware of the interrelations with the big picture events around and outside of the situation you will be able to throw all kinds of associations together which will let you step out of the linear box-like approach to thinking about the situation. 

Each of the components will have connections with events outside the situation. Their essential functions and relationships with other the components will be a source relationships in the wider world. Once you have done some these things try crazy stuff like writing a list of words for the descriptive elements of the situation and do puns based on them.

 

 

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