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Book Review: A guide on how to better brainstorm your ideas

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Jakarta | Thu, October 27, 2016 | 03:46 pm
Book Review: A guide on how to better brainstorm your ideas

Suitable for all ages, Mind Mapping For Dummies is an excellent resource for anyone keen to get more from their grey matter. (Shutterstock/File)

As a species, we humans are great at overcomplicating things. Perhaps that’s why, when performing a task that seems far too simple, alarm bells start ringing in our heads. We’re probably doing whatever it is we’re doing completely wrong, right? Consequently, our anxiety often causes us to make schoolboy errors. Maybe our nagging self-doubt and occasional ineptitude can in part explain why publisher John Wiley and Sons’ popular For Dummies guides are so successful.

Something of a global phenomenon, these girthy black and yellow tomes continue to help laymen (and laywomen) across the world get a firm grip on ways to correctly approach an array of banal and obscure practices: everything from football to C++; via the internet, fishing, personal finance, and French history.

The popular practice of Mind Mapping gets the Dummies treatment in this particular edition, as we’re invited to unlock our brain's potential and better process information.

Mind maps are designed to help us organize and interpret information in a variety of situations and settings. They’re the perfect tools for generating, capturing and organizing ideas in a meaningful way; allowing for greater creativity when recording ideas and information, and enabling us to associate words and visual representations.

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In a nutshell, mind maps are diagrams that illustrate a specific concept. They’re built around a central idea: a word, phrase or image. Stemming from the core are ‘branches’; sub-topics that relate to the central idea. These sub-topics often relate to each other, so other lines or arrows are drawn between those that connect, before ideas are segmented further; linking to other phrases, topics, or ideas. Many mind mappers use different images and colors to separate pieces of information or lines of thought.

In this book, mind mapping specialist Florian Rustler explains how the process works and why it's so successful, before exploring the many different ways it can be applied. He explains how mind maps can help students make sense of complex topics and structure their revision; enable business people to better manage projects and collaborate with colleagues; and looks at how they can give those working in the creative industries an accessible way of exploring ideas before building on them.

Suitable for all ages, Mind Mapping For Dummies is an excellent resource for anyone keen to get more from their grey matter. Whether you're a student, artist, writer, or businesspersonor just a person at large—this book shows you how to better articulate ideas and expand on them through a way of visualizing single concepts and all that’s connected to them.

Click here to read the book.

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Title            : Mind Mapping For Dummies

Author         : Florian Rustler, Tony Buzan

Publisher     : For Dummies

Published     : 2012

ISBN           : 9781119969150

Pages          : 238

Reviewer      : Dave Barton

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.

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