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Solution to the 'Nine Dots' problem - thinking outside of the box



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hi I'm Angela Dunbar from the clean

coaching center I'm here to give you the

answer to the nine dot problem which I

presume is how you've come to be here so

let's just remind ourselves of the the

problem of the nine dots the the problem

is or the puzzle is to join these nine

dots together using just four

consecutive straight lines now if you've

been pondering on this and can't think

of the answer let me reassure you you

are not alone most people find this

quite a challenging puzzle to work out

for themselves when they haven't seen

the answer I'm going to show you the

answer but before let me just explain to

you why most people find it quite a

challenge and the reason is to do with

the way our minds work how we perceive

information from the outside world take

it inside and do stuff in our heads so

what tends to happen is when we see an

array a pattern of dots like this at

perception and formulates it into some

kind of shape so we take these patterns

and in our minds I see it as a square

therefore because we see it as a square

we assume that the answer is going to

lie somewhere within within the square

and so that's how our perception works

and it's also how we how our conception

works so in our imagination when we

think about solving problems reaching

our goals we tend to do the same thing

we form patterns and in those patterns

create self-imposed boundaries or

barriers that keep our thinking stuck

inside some kind of framework we

constrain our own thinking in this way

so the answer comes when you start

thinking outside the box now I know some

people know that's the answer to this

puzzle and still can't work it out and I

think that's possibly because they start

by trying to imagine the line somewhere

outside and they can't be

connected to what's going on inside so

the answer comes and I'll show you and

you can think about how that might apply

to your conceptual thinking as well as

that just this simple puzzle the answer

comes when you start your first line on

that boundary and as you join the dots

together you actually keep going past

and into some new space outside what you

may have thought was some the boundary

of the exercise from this spot then you

can come back and join these two dots

and then all of a sudden to finish the

puzzle off becomes pretty

straightforward and there you go nine

dots joined by four consecutive lines