in reply to Tricking Our Egos

I don't think I have ego tricks. When I find myself confronted with a problem that I'm unable to resolve, I just go do something else for a while, so that I'll have to re-acquaint myself with the problem when I return. Since I tend to forget things rather quickly, I'm often lucky enough to have forgetten the mistaken assumption that impaired me from solving the problem in the first place :-)
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Re: Re: Tricking Our Egos
by davorg (Chancellor) on Feb 15, 2001 at 17:52 UTC

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds that explaining the problem out loud to another programmer often gets me past blocks like this.


    "Perl makes the fun jobs fun
    and the boring jobs bearable" - me

      I've heard this referred to as the `mannequin effect', so named because it would appear to be useful to have a mannequin on a trolley that one could simply get up, go fetch, and talk to about the problem (as opposed to bothering a presumably busy human about it).

      Update: Of course, the mention was right here on PerlMonks (not Advogato as I'd previously thought). See this node, by lemming.