divergent thinking


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divergent thinking

n
(Psychology) psychol thinking in an unusual and unstereotyped way, e.g. to generate several possible solutions to a problem. Compare convergent thinking
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Noun1.divergent thinking - thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity - the ability to create
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
convergent thinking - thinking that brings together information focussed on solving a problem (especially solving problems that have a single correct solution)
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divergent thinking

n (Psych) → divergentes Denken
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Test persons performed better in divergent thinking (thinking up as many possible solutions for a given problem) after Open Monitoring meditation (being receptive to every thought and sensation).
Third, there are powerful contextual forces that resist the correct use of divergent thinking techniques that may have contributed to its decline (Kalargiros and Manning, 2015; Sutton and Hargadon, 1996).
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But I would argue that creativity includes critical (or convergent) thinking as well as divergent thinking - that is, the exploration of a range of possible ideas or solutions.
The tasks assessed their convergent thinking (the identification of a single solution to a problem), their fluid intelligence (the capacity to reason and solve new problems) and their divergent thinking (the ability to recognise many possible solutions).
The process of creativity requires an open-mind and curiosity for generation of new ideas (divergent thinking or analysis) and then combining these ideas into beneficial result (convergent thinking or synthesis).
A potential remedy that may assist in overcoming idea fixation is embodied in the research and practice around divergent thinking (McCrae, 1987; Wells, 2016).
Part of the solution, Lightman says, is to use "something called 'divergent thinking' the ability to explore a problem in a spontaneous and nonorderly manner" that mind-wandering, let-your-subconscious-chew-on-it thinking that "lollygags."