In the illustration below pink dots appear to flash on and off. Now focus on the plus symbol in the centre of the circle and the moving dot will turn green. As you keep looking, gradually all the pink dots will turn green.
What this optical illusion illustrates is that the same information can contain more than one interpretation.it is possible to look at your problem from a different angle and arrive at an entirely unexpected answer; this is what creative thinking means. The more unexpected the solution the more ‘creative’ it is perceived to be.
Unlike the pink dots, most things when stared at do not transform before our eyes. Staring or banging your head against a brick wall are not going to yield the answer.
It’s when you have a sore head that you most need creative thinking. The key is to understand that multiple angles do exist around any problem, however simple it may at first appear. It is by finding those angles that you can release the answers. So whatever the problem be aware that what you have to look for first are different angles of approach, not the final solution.
Explanation of the optical illusion: The illusion relies on ‘persistence of vision’. Light falling on the retina stimulates nerves but it takes time for the stimulation to clear. Instead of a blank gap, where pink blinks we mistakenly see the complementary colour green.