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Why there is a frustrated schoolchild in all of us

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein

In a world that is becoming exponentially more complex, our problems and challenges encounter the same fate. While there are applications and tools, such as AI, that help us reduce complexity, they contribute to complexity at the same time. So how can we best solve complex tasks and escape this vicious circle?

Difficult tasks are often not only a cognitive challenge, but also an emotional one. Frustration and anxiety are common side effects. We regress and act like schoolchildren who cannot solve math problems and give up or write down just any solution to get the task done.

Recognizing and minimizing these triggers is an important first step towards dealing with complexity. Otherwise frustration can lead us to accept the most obvious solution as the best. However, if we reflect on our emotions and thereby keep them under control, it will be easier for us to think outside the box and find the best solution to complex problems. We are then also able to question our own thinking and assumptions.