How can I improve my thinking ability? I am very slow at processing the things and getting to the solution. What should I do to improve my mental ability? I doubt that our mental capability comes from inheritance

Your mental capability depends upon your knowledge exposure and practice. The more exposure you get in specific field, you get scope to gain more knowledge and practice in that field. Success depend upon individual strategy in converting opportunities.

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Mental capacity only comes from inheritance..

This is your weakness that you are not consulting with any one and makes beliefs in your mind ..Himself ..

First ..All statement in your mind which has doubt…try to close in one bracket and you do not need to care of all lines which have Doubts

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To improve mental ability and reasoning skills we need to use Google correctly.

What do we do when we get a question in our mind? We just Google it and find the answer. This is the wrong way to use Google we need to change it as below:

  1. Get a question.
  2. Make a theory.
  3. Find out your theory is wrong or right using Google.

Lets take a example:

Step 1:

Being aware of surrounding is very important to get a question. You have to see something which everyone ingnored. For example,have you seen some random codes displayed in your TV screen very oftenly, just like this:

So we got a question here:

“Why random numb

To improve mental ability and reasoning skills we need to use Google correctly.

What do we do when we get a question in our mind? We just Google it and find the answer. This is the wrong way to use Google we need to change it as below:

  1. Get a question.
  2. Make a theory.
  3. Find out your theory is wrong or right using Google.

Lets take a example:

Step 1:

Being aware of surrounding is very important to get a question. You have to see something which everyone ingnored. For example,have you seen some random codes displayed in your TV screen very oftenly, just like this:

So we got a question here:

“Why random numbers codes are displayed on TV screen?”

Step 2 :

Lets make a theory. Let it be right or wrong do not worry. Its happening in your brain no one is going to judge you.

I am 90’s kids. I did not see those codes on TV screen before. In recent years I am seeing this. What purpose is it serving? May be it is used to catch those who record TV programs and do piracy.

Why they want to catch people who record TV programs, how that is going to effect TV guys? Hmmm may be it reduce number of people watching TV and reduce TRP.

How can those random codes help to catch people doing piracy? May be the number and its position on the screen are different for different region. Just by seeing the number and its position on video, it is possible to catch people who are doing piracy.

Step 3:

Google it and check it. If it is wrong, don't worry you get better each time. But if it is correct then you will get the feeling of Nicolas Cage of the movie National Treasure.


By using this method you will understand Einstein's quote like no body else.

It's not that I'm so smart. It's just that I stay with problems longer” ~Albert Einstein

I will leave you with a question, do not use Google to find answer. Just make a theory. Some time we make a awesome wrong theory, be proud of that. Here goes the question.

Is it possible to locate the position of sun by seeing moon in night? If yes, then how? If No, then why not?

Spend more time with the question.

All the best.

Thanks for asking this question!

I went to one of India's topmost colleges, and secured a gold medal. Thereafter I worked on my PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. I happened to work with very senior people in my company, and I can tell you how some of them think. I also follow publications in Harvard Business Review, and on some of the financial blogs. Today I felt like contributing a few bits to this topic that interested me.

I would like to take the “thinking in and out of the box” approach, that I somewhat used to develop my own imaginative thinking. You may

Thanks for asking this question!

I went to one of India's topmost colleges, and secured a gold medal. Thereafter I worked on my PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. I happened to work with very senior people in my company, and I can tell you how some of them think. I also follow publications in Harvard Business Review, and on some of the financial blogs. Today I felt like contributing a few bits to this topic that interested me.

I would like to take the “thinking in and out of the box” approach, that I somewhat used to develop my own imaginative thinking. You may have heard, 'thinking out of the box' approach at some or the other places. I would get to it in just a bit.

1. Think about an overall picture first

Let me give you a very simple example of house moving. What comes to your mind when I say "You have to move your house". You would start thinking about packing various things, and usually the biggest and most voluminous things would come to your mind. But often, you would realize that the smallest of the things take up an enormous time to be packed and moved. What do you do then? You simply throw them into boxes according to some organization, and you go to your new home, and unpack the boxes and organize the things according to some order. In this case, the overall picture is that you divide your house into various rooms first and think about them individually. Then think about individual items in the respective rooms one after the other.

2. Think about every problem as if it can be divided into pieces and put into boxes.

Just like when you pack things in your home and put them into various boxes, you should make sure, the boxes must not mix. Would you throw spices with clothes? No! Just like that, most engineering problems are heavily convoluted, but if you break them into many pieces, the smaller problems are just like those boxes. The boxes must not mix, and they should be handled with care one after the other. Each box in itself is small enough, and can be handled easily if done with patience. All the boxes put together make the entire house. The problem of moving the whole house sounds big, but that of moving tiny boxes doesn't.

3. Organize everything very well.

There is already too much chaos in the world, around you, and in the little things you do. If you have 250 papers to take care of, wouldn't you put them into various files? The same way, organize your computer program, organize your projects, organize your meetings, organize your personal activities and so on.

4. Think with analogies, but never forget the basics.

Thinking with analogies is simpler, but often one may be mislead into incorrect direction. If you were to pack your kitchen, and all you were packing initially were utensils, you would roughly know the size of the boxes, but if you were to pack your books, and put them into boxes, the boxes would be too heavy to handle. Would the analogy work here? It would, but you must use smaller boxes. If you pack the biggest possible box with books, you would not be able to lift it. The basics tell us that the density of books is about 250 kg per/m^3. In the same way, always think with analogies first, but never forget the basics.

5. Always multiply numbers

Often by multiplying just a few numbers, your overall answer may totally change. To your mind, it may strike that your bed would be the hardest to pack. If you think about packing your kitchen, and it takes a minute to pack every utensil, and if you have ~ 250 utensils, that would be simply ~ 250 mins. Whereas packing your bed might take just an hour. Because here you multiplied the numbers, the time it would take to pack and unpack the kitchen may be more than packing your bed.
Computer programmers spend a fair amount of time just to create algorithms that are O(n), O(n log n) etc, just because they know that they are going to be multiplied by big numbers.

6. Plan very well

When you begin implementing solutions, it is often best to write on a paper what your overall plan looks like. Then you should begin execution. Many times, people do not plan well, and it takes them longer to solve problems.

7. Think about how a robot will do something

Put yourself in a robot's shoes and follow actions just like they have been told to you. If the actions are wrong, perform them, but this way you would figure out that if a robot was to perform them, they would have been wrong. Then when you have found out what is not correct, fix that problem. Continue to make fixes until a robot can perform those actions. When this is possible, you have made a task simpler and automatic. This is pretty much how computer programmers must think!

8. Ask questions to others

Many of your friends, or colleagues will give you their best ideas. You should consult them how they solved a problem. Then think about it, and then isolate yourself to solve them yourself. Then look back some of the solutions, and try to solve them yourself. You would one day get very close to building your own imagination towards solving problems.

9. Practice.

Anything and everything in life has to be practiced. This is what makes a man perfect. Elon Musk practices engineering, and Usain Bolt practices running. They cannot give up their practice and hope to be best.

10. Do not hesitate to work hard. And by hard, I mean super hard.

People like Elon Musk work ~ 16 hours or more a day and they constantly put their thoughts to actions.

11. Read as much as you can.

I can tell you that there have been several evenings in my life that I spent only reading different things. Just get your hands on the books, research publications, financial blogs, and so on. You would just know too much about the world.

When you have practiced some of these concepts in different aspects ~ such as physics, statistics, computer programming, engineering, management, and real life world, everything in the world will begin looking simpler and you would be able to see the world in terms of mental images. It is then you can begin to walk the pathway to innovation and see the problem solving in your mind without taking notes, and be able to do more with your imagination.

Last but not the least, your friends are no better than you. According to Steve Jobs, the world that you see around you, was created by people no better than you. So if you believed you could change it, you would be the one changing it. Never ever give up, just keep going, and keep building stuff. Success will be yours.

Stay blessed, and stay inspired!

Let me tell you a true story. I come from a poor background. My mom is on social welfare and my dad didn’t finish his high school. I can say I have bad genetics. More over, I developed bipolar I in 2011. No, my genetics is very bad. I have also Asperger.

Even though I had a 4.0 in biomedical science, I scored below average in an IQ test in 2012. I had around 110 in verbal at that time and between 100–110 in processing speed. Those were my strengths. I always believed I was very intelligence so it was difficult so swallow as a news.

I never gave up. I did not blame the diagnosis, nor the medicati

Let me tell you a true story. I come from a poor background. My mom is on social welfare and my dad didn’t finish his high school. I can say I have bad genetics. More over, I developed bipolar I in 2011. No, my genetics is very bad. I have also Asperger.

Even though I had a 4.0 in biomedical science, I scored below average in an IQ test in 2012. I had around 110 in verbal at that time and between 100–110 in processing speed. Those were my strengths. I always believed I was very intelligence so it was difficult so swallow as a news.

I never gave up. I did not blame the diagnosis, nor the medication I was taking nor the test. I kept striving for more. I started to write on Quora. I applied for medical school and managed to get accepted. Recently I passed the same IQ test and I have an IQ of 109. I have 130 in verbal and 120 in processing speed.

What I did differently? I kept focusing on my strengths. Yes I knew from the start that I was bad in visuospatial and working memory, but I didn’t try to improve much those aspects of my intelligence. I tried for some time, but I’ve realized that it wasn’t really worth it. Just let met give you an example. If you are at 8 in a strength and 3 at a weakness. What could be the best use of your time? If you can increase your strength at 9 with a time X, but improve your weakness at 5 with the same time, what would you choose?

To be honest, if you want to have the highest impact you need to do things on what you are good. For verbal, I kept reading about things that interested me. Starting writing on Quora also helped me sharing my knowledge with others. For visuospatial there are exercises available on internet. Same things with working memory. Your interests should guide you in the things you are good at. If you are good at solving puzzles then keep doing it. I’m bad with manipulating shapes in my mind, I won’t go in radiology even though it was my dream for a long time.

Good thought process and ability to think clearly are two signs of a healthy brain. There is a very famous saying that a person whose body is not fit, then the brain can't be healthy no matter what!!

So, if you're looking forward to improve your thoughts process the very first important step is to stay fit, so that your brain can be healthy and can function well.

For doing so physical fitness is must. Also, few minutes meditation daily can be veryy beneficial.

Secondly, one must eat healthy food, stay away from junk food. And believe me, it's not so difficult to resist food. It's just matter of 1

Good thought process and ability to think clearly are two signs of a healthy brain. There is a very famous saying that a person whose body is not fit, then the brain can't be healthy no matter what!!

So, if you're looking forward to improve your thoughts process the very first important step is to stay fit, so that your brain can be healthy and can function well.

For doing so physical fitness is must. Also, few minutes meditation daily can be veryy beneficial.

Secondly, one must eat healthy food, stay away from junk food. And believe me, it's not so difficult to resist food. It's just matter of 10 minutes!! Yesss, yesterday only on Quora I read somewhere that a person can resist mouth watering junk food, if he/she control their temptation for just 10 minutes!

The food you eat is without doubt a big contribution to proper brain functioning. The human brain consumes over 20% of all the oxygen and nutrients that we consume! Feed your brain with good stuff like fresh fruit and vegetables and plenty of Omega 3 oils.

But yes, a healthy brain with no knowledge in it is also harmful !!

For that, one must increase his/her knowledge. This can help them better to observe, interpret, analyse and come to a conclusion. Research a lot, be interested in almost anything and everything!!

Discipline yourself to memorize phone numbers and other essential numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license). The more you add to your brain, the more you expand its capacity!

Lastly, the most important!!

Sleeps is the reset button for the brain. When you sleep, your body regenerates brain cells and does all the maintenance work on both your body and your brain. A daily dose of 4-6 hours of sleep every night has proven the best way to improve thinking and create new ideas and innovations.

Thank you for reading!!

Good thinking is a skill that can be learned. It starts not in the mind but in the world

  1. Observe reality. Thinking is firstly informed by reality, the world around you; and about reality, the world out there. Your ideas and beliefs should conform to reality (not the other way around). Observe it, pay attention to it, respect it. Realign your beliefs when they class with reality. Our inner life is also real, so observe and pay attention to that too; but note that what we feel does not necessarily align with reality and is not a guide to knowing.
  2. Define your terms. Know what you’re thinking and ta

Good thinking is a skill that can be learned. It starts not in the mind but in the world

  1. Observe reality. Thinking is firstly informed by reality, the world around you; and about reality, the world out there. Your ideas and beliefs should conform to reality (not the other way around). Observe it, pay attention to it, respect it. Realign your beliefs when they class with reality. Our inner life is also real, so observe and pay attention to that too; but note that what we feel does not necessarily align with reality and is not a guide to knowing.
  2. Define your terms. Know what you’re thinking and talking about. You have to have proper definitions of the things you are thinking about. There are objectively right and wrong definitions. A definition identifies the nature of a thing. For instance, “man” has been defined in numerous ways, from a “bipedal ape” to “an ape with opposable thumbs.” Neither of these captures the fundamental nature of man. “Man is the rational animal.” That captures the most fundamental feature of man and explains most of the others, such as the ability to do such things as speak, write, math, art, culture, humor, politics, etc. A proper definition has two parts, the genus and the differentia. The genus (animal in the case of man) connects the thing to wider class to which it belongs, while the differentia (rational) isolates it from that class. Proper definitions go a long way to making your thinking logical and efficient. So get clear on them for all the important terms in the subjects you think about.
  3. Reduce to reality. Make sure your definitions and your knowledge, tie back to reality. Most of our terms are abstract, e.g. love, democracy, good, evil. They are not directly observable. Continue to define your key terms until they connect directly to reality and to concrete examples, to what you can observe and thus validate. “Man is the rational animal,” prompts the questions, what is rational and what is an animal? In this context rational means the ability to reason. We can observe actual humans and see that they do indeed have the ability reason (even if they do not exercise it very often). Whereas mice, cats, dogs and other animals do not have such a capacity.
  4. Unite your knowledge. Tie everything together as much as possible. Ask questions, ask why, and how, and fill in the gaps in your knowledge. You will find rich connections, commonalities and patterns among everything. The universe is causal and everything is connected to everything else.
  5. Question yourself, then believe in yourself. Continually ask yourself: what do I really know about this and how do I know it? This will help uproot false beliefs and reinforce and solidify valid ones. Apply this principle to others, do not place the ideas of others above reality and above your own judgement. Do not accept “intellectual intimidators,” those who would impose their beliefs on you. (Yes, there are specialists and authorities in certain subjects, but they should be able to explain clearly and coherently their opinions and conclusions so they make sense and accord with reality.)

This is a very brief overview of a rich subject, but these principles will help direct and hone your thinking skills.

The world is a wonderful place. Getting to know it is a wonderful experience. Have fun.

You don’t really develop them, you allow them to develop. The more consciously you are involved, the less you will develop. Having a keen mind is more about not clogging it with petty thoughts than anything else. The secret to life is to live in truth. Reality causes a great deal of suffering. I see it this way.

The universe does not and will never care about me personally. The world is completely and utterly impersonal. Only the world of man is personal, and then hardly ever. I am pleased that we exist. So I see it as my responsibility to adapt to the universe and not the other way round.

Most

You don’t really develop them, you allow them to develop. The more consciously you are involved, the less you will develop. Having a keen mind is more about not clogging it with petty thoughts than anything else. The secret to life is to live in truth. Reality causes a great deal of suffering. I see it this way.

The universe does not and will never care about me personally. The world is completely and utterly impersonal. Only the world of man is personal, and then hardly ever. I am pleased that we exist. So I see it as my responsibility to adapt to the universe and not the other way round.

Most people are self-absorbed. I don’t take that personally. They don’t do it for my benefit. But, since they can’t adapt to me it is my responsibility to adapt to them. To live in reality one must be sober, attentive, and humble. You must assume full responsibility for everything you have done and will do. Not because it is all about you, but because only you are qualified to be you. No one else can be responsible for you.

First, we have to understand what do we mean by “Thinking”.

Actually, Thinking is a synonym for Talking.

Sounds absurd, right?

Well….. It's not.

Let's see.

What happens when there are people around us and we open our mouth??

We TALK to them.

And what happens when we close our mouth??

We TALK to ourselves.

That's what we do when we think. We simply talk to ourselves.

Now, when I talk to others, the discussion may last for hours. Because, there are lots of people involved and each one of them KNOWS a lot of stuff. So new topics keep popping and the discussion progresses.

But, when I TALK (THINK) to myself,

First, we have to understand what do we mean by “Thinking”.

Actually, Thinking is a synonym for Talking.

Sounds absurd, right?

Well….. It's not.

Let's see.

What happens when there are people around us and we open our mouth??

We TALK to them.

And what happens when we close our mouth??

We TALK to ourselves.

That's what we do when we think. We simply talk to ourselves.

Now, when I talk to others, the discussion may last for hours. Because, there are lots of people involved and each one of them KNOWS a lot of stuff. So new topics keep popping and the discussion progresses.

But, when I TALK (THINK) to myself, the discussions are always short.

Why?

Because, the OTHER ME knows too little to keep the discussion going. Eventually, the OTHER ME runs out of things to say and I can't think (Talk) anymore.

Solutions-

Improve YOUR knowledge. Read a lot. Read everyday.

Watch TV, watch movies, shows, news. Learn new things everyday.

When you have a lot of stuff to talk about, your discussions with yourself can last for hours.

(My discussions with myself last for days and weeks on end. I'm not kidding. I read like a maniac.)

That's how you increase your Thinking (Talking with self) capacities.

Thank you.

Yes,you can improve your mental arithmetic ability. For that, you have to first start loving math. Even if you love or hate math, you would be just wanting to get the answer right away. You would not want to spend time writing it carefully in a paper and doing the whole calculations. So for that you will have to improve your mental calculation skills. This will help you irrespective of whether you are a student, an IT professional or whatever you are because you will need this skills in your day to day life.

I have started learning this since two years. In the beginning I thought that it will b

Yes,you can improve your mental arithmetic ability. For that, you have to first start loving math. Even if you love or hate math, you would be just wanting to get the answer right away. You would not want to spend time writing it carefully in a paper and doing the whole calculations. So for that you will have to improve your mental calculation skills. This will help you irrespective of whether you are a student, an IT professional or whatever you are because you will need this skills in your day to day life.

I have started learning this since two years. In the beginning I thought that it will be very difficult to improve my mental calculation skills. But with practice I developed my skills and have even created a free course on Udemy “Mental Calculations Made Easy”.If you look at numbers you can see that they follow some pattern. So you can use this pattern to do calculations.

In his book “Think Like A Math Genius”, Dr.Arthur Benjamin has suggested that you can count out loud,or whisper or make other sounds while you calculate to make mental calculations easier. In this way the brain works more easily, faster and more accurately.

So just practice doing mental calculations. There are many YouTube videos which will guide you to do such calculations. Even my course, which I have mentioned before will guide you. Daily practice will surely make you a genius in math.( You can practice at least one technique daily).

Hey.

This is a really good question. And before we go and give our thoughts on this, let me assure you that you’re not the only one like this, so don’t let this supposed “condition” fool you into thinking that you’re alone in this.

Now that we have established that fact, let’s take a deep breath before we start.

No, like seriously, if you’re reading this, take a deep breath and continue further.

It can be difficult to think when your mind is trapped with different kinds of triggering and pressurising thoughts.

Source: Pansensic

2 things can help you greatly in such situations - Come back to the pres

Hey.

This is a really good question. And before we go and give our thoughts on this, let me assure you that you’re not the only one like this, so don’t let this supposed “condition” fool you into thinking that you’re alone in this.

Now that we have established that fact, let’s take a deep breath before we start.

No, like seriously, if you’re reading this, take a deep breath and continue further.

It can be difficult to think when your mind is trapped with different kinds of triggering and pressurising thoughts.

Source: Pansensic

2 things can help you greatly in such situations - Come back to the present & Control your breath.

The 2C’s to think clearly under extreme anxiety.

There are different ways to do this.

Here we will let you know one way for each of these 2C’s.

  • One thing you can do is to consciously activate all of your 5 senses.

    How?

    Tell your mind the following things:

    1. What you see around you.
    2. What you can hear.
    3. What you can smell.
    4. What you can taste.
    5. What you can feel.


    How this will help you is that by consciously awaking your senses, you are indirectly focussing now on what you see, feel, hear, listen and taste rather than what’s causing the anxiety in the first place.
  • Another thing you can do is a very interesting breathing technique which, in a sense, follows the similar pattern of conscious living except here we will be looking at conscious breathing.

    So, what are you going to be doing?

    It’s very simple.

    Put your hand on your stomach.

    Take 4 breaths in. 5 breaths out.
    4 breaths in. 5 breaths out.

    The count need not be 4 and 5. The pattern here is that the number of exhaling breaths should be more than the number of inhaling breaths.

    This helps you by helping you stay focussed on breathing, counting the breaths which will eventually bring your attention to the present moment and thus, not diverting your attention but in fact, consciously shifting your attention and focus from what’s causing your anxiety to the present moment.

    In this state, not only are you free from your anxiety but you’ll start to feel better than your normal condition.

Hope implementing these 2 steps would be beneficial for you.

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