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IQ and Psychometric Tests, 2nd Edition by Philip Carter

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The word ‘lateral’ means of or relating to the side away from the median axis. Lateral thinking is a method of solving a problem by attempting to look at that problem from many angles rather than search for a direct head-on solution. It therefore involves the need to think outside the box and develop a degree of creative, innovative thinking, which seeks to change our natural and traditional perceptions, concepts and ideas. By developing this type of thinking we greatly increase our ability to solve problems that face us, that we could not otherwise solve.

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