First of all, I will reflect on each of the different hats; to come to an end with a brief general conclusion.
White and red hats:
Certainly, I think the white hat is the less leveraged of them all, what carries on a very common mistake in nowadays speakers’: we talk about everything, pretending that we are wise men and women, just because we heard about it at a television program or YouTube; but when someone tries to tell us that we are wrong, this just goes in our one ear and out of the other.
Obviously, this is not applicable to all the cases, as fortunately, there are still some tolerant people round the world (I think I am very tolerant, but I will consider it in a following paragraph).
Having said this, let’s go to the next mistake of not taking into account the white hat: impressionability. When the majority of people are convinced of having the undisputed truth, and we need some advice about the “polemic” matter, how do we know who is correct and who isn’t? Obviously, this is not possible, so this problematic originates false information and injustice.
Now I would like to add a reflexion about both points:
In reference to the excess of information and tolerance, I will highlight a personal experience. Nearly all my life I have been boasting of being a very tolerant person and understanding all the points of view. However, in the last two years I have matured a lot, and knowing better myself and being more conscious about my own personality, desires, thoughts and feelings, I have reach to the next conclusion: we are all able to be impartial and put the white hat on our heads, but not always. At least in my case, if there is a matter I don’t know about or I don’t worn very much about, I will hear calmly all the information before getting on a precipitate conclusion. Nevertheless, if I am talking with someone about a thematic in which I am very sure about my opinion (animals, equality, freedom, individuality, friendship…) I will hardly consider my interlocutor’s beliefs, as in my judgement, I am in the right position.
To which conclusion I am trying to reach? I have been all my life thinking another way around, but sometimes it is really difficult to use the white hat.
Let’s go on to the second point. Since the humans were created/borned/whatever the prejudices and common beliefs has severely harmed the minorities. As a common belief, what most people think is what it is correct to think; a “witch”, a homosexual person, a promiscuous woman, or a peculiar colleague. All these persons have suffer being prejudge (or worst things) just because of having different minds. Some laws have been made damaging unjustifiably the minorities (for instance, there is a law that obliges some dog breeds to be all their lifes with a leash and a muzzle). In conclusion, not analysing the facts impartially and getting swept up in pure appraisals can derive in errors and injustice. As the own book says: we are very fast in making summary judgements and getting imprisoned on the emotions that these unleash.
However, I am not telling that the emotions (this is, the red hat) are harmful (I am a very emotional person, and mostly, I act and make an opinion of a person or situation guided by my emotions and instinct); I agree with the book when it claims that we have been trained to hide and excuse our sincere feelings, and I think this is harmful, because acting like this, we are betraying ourselves. In my opinion, the key is finding the balance between both hats. And in my opinion, this is very difficult (I mean, I do not know where the balance is).
Black and yellow hats:
Talking about this two types of hats, a brief reflexion went across my mind: it seems that mostly, we are very extreme people; this is, we are used to define a person as optimistic or pessimistic, but not a lot of times I have heard someone telling: well, depending on the situation he/she sees the glass half full or not. The world is yellow or is black, not intermediates.
Personally, if I had to choose, I would say I try to be an optimistic woman; nevertheless, the book establishes this expression as: a mixture of curiosity, pleasure, greed and desire of making things happen, and I don’t agree with this statement. On the contrary, I think a “yellow hat” person is someone who is sure that everything will be all right and that whatever happens to him or her, this will be beneficial (as in the book’s example: failing this exam was better for him, he wouldn’t be happy working as a teacher). On the other hand, I would consider as a self-confident, determined and ambitious person someone with the desire of “making things happen”, someone that sees future in a basic and unperceived element.
Referring to the pessimistic hat, I would say this is the hat of the people who cannot obtain any great achievement in their lifes, considering that because of a reason or another, they feel more comfortable in a known and secure ambient than innovating. In this fact, I completely agree with the book: it is much easier to make a bad suit than a fetching one, what directly leads on the “yeah, but…” language. Here, the negative thinker ignores the proposition’s major part (which is valuable and feasible) and concentrates in a minor relevant factor, which can be uncertain. Sincerely, I think these types of persons are frustrating.
In conclusion, as I said with the previous couple of hats, I think the key is on finding the balance: not all in this life is possible, but if we don’t think further, we’ll never find the invaluable things of life.
Finally, I would like to finish this section with an Edward de Bono’s sentence I completely agree with: history is full of dreams and theorical visions that stimulated the effort which eventually made them a reality. If we limit the yellow hat to what is sensible and well-known, the progress will be indiscernible.
Green and blue hats:
Certainly, the green hat is one of my favourites; I see it as the change-maker hat. The biggest scene in which we can (and I do) apply this hat is in our own living style; I mean, many times we become aware that we are not as glad and satisfied with our lifes as we want to. In that moment we have two options: continue doing things as we have been doing, or take both blue and green hats and ask ourselves: Why I am not happy? What I would like to change? How can I change it? This can be a turning point in our existence.
For example, I have just done this a week ago, when I realized that I wasn’t taking care of one of my biggest passions (writing), and this was making me low-spirited. I decided to get my blue hat (well, in that moment I didn’t knew this name) and I organized myself to have time to work, study, write and relax. One week later, I am much happier with my life.
Additionally, 3 months ago I also applied my green hat in this field: I don’t have time to sign up for a writing course, so I thought about how could I maintain my passion this 4 years and I decided to manage my own writing blog. This is one of the best decisions I ever took.
Therefore, I totally recommend these two hats for our day to day lifes; if we don’t want to adrift because of the situations; we must take the initiative in our happenings.
Finally, I would like to highlight an extract of the book in which it says: they ask me if the personality of black-hat persons can be soften, but I don’t think this is viable. Well, in this aspect I completely agree with Ortega y Gasset’s statement: we are ourselves and our circumstances. This is, in my opinion, we have our mind and personality, whatever this is, because of the situations we have experienced; and by changing a person’s situation, we can also change its mind (I have test this in my own person).
In conclusion, my opinion is that in the different aspects of our life, we should try to find the balance and harmonize all of the hats, as all of them contribute to help us in our personal managing and growing. And furthermore, we are coursing an ADE degree, so many of us desires to manage a business in a future; this is, to be a leader. And which is the leader function from my point of view? Provide different visions, encourage, reposition the situation… To summarize, use the 6 thinking hats.