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A problem may be defined as the "Gap" between the current status and the desired status. This definition is also at the base of the problem solving methodologies which take advantage from the masurability of the problem itself (the Gap) so all the further actions and decisions may be based on the real impact they are supposed to provide to the scenario, enabling the problem solver to focus on the critical few aspects to be managed tightly.
A problem, which can be caused for different reasons, and, if solvable, can usually be solved in a number of different ways, is defined in a number of different ways. This is determined by the context in which a said problem or problems is defined. When discussed, a problem can be argued in multiple ways. Generally speaking, there are two positions to take, the polemic or the defensive. An example of this is the mother who has a problem with how her daughter is going out, dressed in a particular fashion. She may tell her daughter, there is no way she is leaving the house looking like that. In this example, the mother would be on the polemic side, and the daughter, who presumably would like to go out dressed however she pleases, would be on the defensive side.
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