Creative Problem Solving

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Strategies For Creative Problem Solving
Michael J. Dooley Jr
ITT Technical Institute

After reading chapter 3 and giving some real thought to a particular problem that I’ve encountered in my past, there is one situation that jumps out to me the most. About four years ago, I was at the end of a relationship with a young lady who I had been involved with for about five years off and on. We actually met back in 2005 and basically carried out an up and down relationship until around 2010. In 2009, she became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in September of that year. My initial thought was that I was the biological father of that little girl. However, something within me just didn’t feel right the more I thought about what type of person she was and the entire situation. So for two years, I was a father to her daughter. I still had doubts in my mind and was very curious to know the truth.
When I read this chapter and actually gave this situation some thought, there were actually two methods that I used to come to the solution that I came to. The first method I used was step 2 and that was just simply talk with people who were familiar with the problem. I sat down with a mutual friend of ours one day and I told her that I had my doubts as to whether or not I was really the father of her daughter. Fortunately for me, this mutual friend is totally unbiased towards either of us and she revealed some valuable information to me and also gave me some priceless advice. She told me that my ex told her that she really wasn’t sure who her child’s father was. The mutual friend then told to that it would be in my best interest to get a DNA test done.
Having a DNA test performed leads me to the other step that I used which is step 4: Confirm All Key Findings. After having that conversation with this mutual friend, I made up my mind to have a…...

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