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How long would it take you to solve this maze?

Try it and time yourself!

Then read on to find out why it matters.

(start at the top and get to the center)


Click on maze to open in pop-up. Scroll down to see the solution.

What strategy did you use to begin?

What strategy did you use at a dead-end?

This maze is important because it represents one of many conflicts in an adult's life that can be extremely complicated!

Now, consider this maze:


Much Easier!!

There are not nearly as many distractions in solving this maze. It is likely that your same approach used for the first maze worked here.

In fact, you might have actually felt good about solving this maze after working on the first one.

Ok, great! But...

What happens when minor distractions are introduced to the maze and the solution is not so straight-forward? Try this one!


Did you solve it? 

Did you reach any dead-ends?

If you did, would you be able to describe that feeling of reaching each consecutive dead-end?

What happens if the amount of dead-ends increases and the maze takes longer to solve?

. . . .

Don't actually solve this one but definitely glance through and see how it makes you feel . . .


WHY might you NOT want to attempt this maze?

  • unnecessary frustration

  • the reward not worth the effort

  • tired of solving mazes by now

Whatever our reasons are for not attempting to solve a maze will resemble (to some extent) our reasons for not resolving different kinds of conflicts. 

We must constantly remind ourselves of why we might be avoiding an obstacle. It just might be something as simple as a maze - and what does anybody get out of being frustrated at a maze? Remove the maze and remove the frustration, right? Unfortunately, our strategies for managing our own emotional responses to obstacles may likely resemble our responses to other kinds of conflicts.

Remove the conflict, remove the frustration?

While some obstacles may need to be avoided in order to address more rewarding obstacles, it is important to remind ourselves to be self-aware of which obstacles we are avoiding and why. 


Learn to self-regulate your emotional response to simple obstacles and train your ability to self-regulate to develop emotional self-control toward more complex obstacles/conflicts.


Solution to first maze:

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