I remember back in elementary school and how we always had “Problem Solving” exercises but I was always the kid who absolutely hated them. I look back now though and it wasn’t the act of solving problems that I disliked but rather the fact that all “Problem Solving” questions were just Math questions.
I actually don’t mind solving problems even though I hated doing Problem Solving in school (and you may have as well) since we are all natural Problem Solvers when it comes to our own lives. Problem solving didn’t need to be taught to us in school as I believe we were already predisposed to solving them.
I think that most, if not all of us think about the Negatives or the Negative outcomes of a Problematic Situation before we even consider the notion of a Positive one. We think of what “the worst” could be so that we can motivate ourselves into doing the best we could in order to ensure (to the best of our ability) that the final outcome is better that “the worst” we’ve thought of.
We then come up with different ways we could deal with the situation whether it be with our mindset or our actions in order to solve the problem and generate a favorable outcome.
We all do it. If you don’t have a job right now, the worst could be…. that you get evicted from your apartment or you starve to death or something worse, now that you know what could happen you try to solve this problem of being unemployed by applying for a job or jobs.
And if you’re hungry you go and eat because the problem is that you’re starving and the worst outcome is that you starve to death, so to solve it you go and eat.
As such, everyone Solves problems and is natural at it because every single day we are faced with things that we must deal with. We are natural Problem Solvers, especially when it deals with our own lives so maybe that’s why I wasn’t too good with problem solving questions at school. Either that, or I just didn’t think it was a problem.