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Critical Thinking and Creativity

 

Today’s article concerns critical thinking and creativity because they go hand in hand. Critical thinking lets you look objectively at a problem, issue, object, or person and consider the entire picture. Creativity enables you to take that whole picture and look at it differently. While some may think of critical thinking as more scientific, creative thinking is more abstract and more alike than different.

 

The Creative Person

Creative people such as artists, writers, and philosophers are often seen as imaginative and emotional. They are equally masters of critical thinking. Similarly, a critical thinker, often perceived as a scientific genius who may be skeptical and lacking in imagination and creativity. But they are also adept at creative thinking. This duality of mastery empowers both types, showing that they are not limited to one realm of thought.

 

The reasoning process of critical thinking shows imagination to be able to proceed to the next level. Critical thinking is present in creativity by carrying the thought process further than critical thinking logic. Then, they present it in a creative light. Great critical-thinking minds like Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin could never have brought their inventions to light without the streaks of innovative thinking that took them beyond logic.

 

Out-of-the-Box Thinking and Attributes

Here are some attributes that are similar in both critical and creative thinkers:

  • Interested in exploring new possibilities.
  • Challenge assumptions and standard ways of thinking.
  • Imagining alternatives to a situation or problem.
  • Have multiple perspectives on everything.
  • Use trial and error experimentation methods.
  • Thinks about new ways of doing things.

 

The phases involved in critical and creative thinking are also similar. For example, both types of thinking are triggered by a thought or even by taking the thinking process outside everyday thinking. Then, the thoughts are appraised and clarified, opening the door for ways to explore the thought and how to present it to others. This leads to developing alternative thinking methods and implementing the thinking process through inventions, writing, art, or ideas.

 

Logical Thinking 

 

Critical and creative thinking types thrive on a large measure of self-confidence and the ability to think of and present multiple ways to view a situation or problem. But what truly promotes both is an inquiring mind, a curiosity that drives one to read, to engage in out-of-the-box thinking, and to try things that are outside what they would usually do. This emphasis on curiosity encourages the audience to explore and question, fostering critical and creative thinking.

 

Critical and creative thinking, far from being isolated processes, can complement each other. They bring new ideas and ways of thinking into the intellectual community, fostering a sense of connection and collaboration among thinkers.

Where are you in this “thinking process?” Are you a critical thinker, a creative thinker, or a bit of both? I’d love to know.

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