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Creative tools > Forced Conflict
Use it as a way of stimulating further creative thinking about the problem.
Use it to focus on an internal conflict within the problem.
This is a simple method which generates creative tension through phrases that hint about the problem yet are difficult to understand.
Find essence of problem
Find an essential element of the problem, in particular (but not necessarily) where there is some form of internal conflict or difference. E.g. 'Staying cool when working hard'.
Create conflicting phrase
Create close-coupled phrases where the words fight one another. Just two words is often enough. Introduce paradox or poetic elements -- anything that will stimulate different viewpoints. E.g. 'energetic iciness', 'frozen flames', 'chasing the fridge'.
Use as stimulus
Use these as a further creative stimulus.
I am working on creating an automatic door-opening system. I frame it as 'closing on open' and use this to trigger ideas of detecting acceleration towards the door and opening the door fast enough so no collision occurs.
When we are faced with conflict, we feel a tension that we seek to reduce. This is used in this method to motivate the subconscious to provide some ideas.