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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Exercise Your Mind, 26 May 2004
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R. Jefferies (Valencia, Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Putting the Tarot to Work: Creative Problem Solving, Effective Decision Making and Personal Career Planning (Paperback)
Like most people I am often in awe at the creative potential that we all have, but which only a few manage to unlock. On the other hand I have almost no time at all for what people call the "supernatural", and I don't normally buy books on this kind of subject.
This one attracted me because it presented the tarot deck as a tool for visual brainstorming, and actively discouraged what it calls the "hocus pocus" approach to the subject. While this definitely made it the right book for me, it would also make it the wrong one for anyone who is more into that mystical kind of approach.
The book continually invites you to exercise your imagination. You start out by considering a familiar problem for which you only have a few stale ideas. Then, by following the exercises and using the tarot deck as a springboard, you find yourself generating scores of fresh approaches. What is more, Putting The Tarot To Work teaches by example - whenever McElroy wants to illustrate a particular point he offers five or six other ways of looking at it, which is exactly what the book is all about.
Most of the exercises and examples are focussed on work situations, and the kind of executive brainstorming sessions where the ability to "think out of the box" is most highly prized. The basic principles are of much broader application though, as the book frequently shows.
I would highly recommend "Putting the Tarot to Work" to anyone who wants to generate lots of new ideas and who doesn't mind putting in the work and doing the exercises. If you don't enjoy using your brain you should stick to crystal ball gazing.
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