Swarming the Brain: The ADHD OODA Loop

Dr. Jamie Schwandt
21 min readJun 14, 2018

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” — Carl Jung

My intent for this discussion is to build on an article I published called The Critical Thinkers OODA Loop.

The focus here will be on self-awareness, critical thinking, and a new idea I am developing called “Swarming the Brain”. I will use methods and frameworks from Systems Thinking V2.0, the Red Team Handbook from the Center for Applied Creative and Critical Thinking, and Colonel John Boyd’s OODA Loop. I will then demonstrate tools and techniques from these frameworks to show how you can improve your critical thinking abilities, as well as self-awareness.

To learn more about these methods/frameworks, I recommend you read the following:

  1. The Critical Thinker’s OODA Loop. I discuss each framework in this article.
  2. Systems Thinking V2.0. Dr. Derek and Laura Cabrera discuss simple rules of systems thinking — Distinctions-Systems-Relationships-Perspectives (DSRP) in two books I highly recommend: Systems Thinking Made Simple and Flock Not Clock. I also recommend using Plectica — their free visual systems mapping software based on Systems Thinking V2.0. Nearly every image I use in this article was created using…

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Dr. Jamie Schwandt

Dr. Schwandt (Ed.D.) is an American author, L6S master black belt, and red teamer.