Psychologists found that medical students were more likely to choose treatments for their patients if they were told the process had a 90% survivability rate as opposed to a 10% fatality rate. This is called framing bias.* The trouble is, we tend to accept problems as they are already framed, rather than challenge definitions or descriptions. This tool encourages you to reframe a problem or idea by seeing it and saying it differently.
You need: 30-40 minutes, pen and paper, Thesaurus.
Credit: see *Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow for a thorough survey of the psychological literature on framing bias.