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Use reversals to modify existing things.

Reverse Who - Person, people, group, etc.

  • Reverse roles?
  • Reverse psychology?

Reverse What - Factor, element, part, component, feature, attribute, trait, quality, aspect, characteristic, facet, issue, subject, source, cause, effect, etc.

  • What can be reversed?
  • What might be improved by reversing?
  • What are the opposites?
  • What bipolar concepts are relevant to this situation?
  • What are the poles of each concept?
  • What are the good points of a bad situation?
  • What are the bad points of a good situation?
  • What can be inverted?
  • What flows can be reversed?
  • What logic can be reversed?
  • What values can be reversed?
  • What signs (+/-) can be changed?
  • What assumptions can be reversed?

Reverse When - Time related, at what time, etc.

  • When can the phases be reversed?
  • When can the frequency be reversed?
  • When can the situation go backwards?
  • When can the turnaround take place?

Reverse Where - Place, location, setting, scene, etc.

  • Where could you locate that is opposite from where you are at now?
  • Where can the turnaround take place?

Reverse Why - Reason, purpose, cause, etc.

  • Why would you want to move in an opposite direction?
  • Are there any benefits from moving backwards?

Reverse How – Process, manner in which something done, etc.

  • How can the processes be reversed?
  • How can it be reverse engineered?
  • How can the problem be turned into an opportunity?

Synonyms for “Reverse”:  Backward, Opposite, Invert, Contrary, Turn Around

Related tool:  Sequential Attributes Matrix.