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When reading the lesson on problem solving, I found myself very uninterested until I stumbled upon ill-defined problems. According to the text book, an ill-defined problem is part of everyday life, doesn’t not necessarily have a correct answer, and the solution is unclear. Who can’t relate to the struggles of everyday life? Although I face many small problems on a daily basis, I have one recurring problem I cannot seem to find a solution too; a break-up.
After about three weeks of being upset, I figured that maybe something I learned in class could actually help me. I decided that the best way to attempt to find a solution is through in vivo problem solving research. This means that I will simply observe people to determine how they solve a similar problem, then repeat the process. Well, that is easier said than done. It is nearly impossible to find someone to observe who has the exact same relationship issues that you do. I spent hours searching the internet for advice from women who have been stuck in the same rut that I find myself in, but none of it seemed helpful.
Finally I realized that what I was looking for was right in front of the all along, a distraction. I found that once I went on this quest to find a way to cheer up, I was in-fact cheered up simply by doing research. I didn’t need to imitate a random persons actions to solve a problem completely different than mine. I simply needed to find my own way to solve it, which happened to be by distracting myself with something else. The moral of this story, is that in vivo problem solving doesn’t necessarily always work, sometimes you’re better off trying to find a more reasonable solution to a problem.