That’s a question and a half, isn’t it?
So let’s break it down.
This is how Wikipedia defines these 3 types of thinking:
What is Divergent thinking:
Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions.
Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner.Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected connections are drawn.
Psychologists have found that a high IQ alone does not guarantee creativity. Instead, personality traits that promote divergent thinking are more important. Divergent thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence.
Activities which promote divergent thinking include creating lists of questions, setting aside time for thinking and meditation, brainstorming, keeping a journal, creating artwork, and free writing.
What is Lateral thinking:
Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono.
What is Conceptual thinking:
Conceptual thinking is problem solving -is a process of independent analysis in the creative search for new ideas or solutions. Thus it does not accept received wisdom, the status quo.
Environment Canada in a note on “competencies meteorologists” defines it as follows:
- Conceptual thinking is the ability to understand a situation or problem by identifying patterns or connections, and addressing key underlying issues.
Conceptual thinking requires an openness to new ways of seeing the world and a willingness to explore. But once the work of analysis is completed and a new concept or mind map emerges, the hard work of communicating this new vision begins. Conceptual thinkers if they are to succeed must understand that new, and to many people, unfamiliar ideas need nurturing and support.
In more common terms it is often referred to as “lateral thinking” (Edward de Bono) or “out of box thinking”, in both cases the terms referring to the conscious omission or putting aside of commonly accepted beliefs or constraints.
Ok, let’s break it down even more:
It’s a way of thinking
Openness to new ways of seeing the world
Problem solving through a creative approach
Creative search for new ideas or solutions
Sees many possible solutions
Do not accept status quo.
Is conceptual, lateral, and divergent thinking the same as multipassionate?
Yes, I do believe that divergent thinking + lateral thinking + conceptual thinking = multi-passionate. Abso-bloddy-lutely.
This way of thinking is described as the opposite of linear thinking.
That there is not just one way to see this world.
IMy personal opinion, and experience, is that multi-passionates, highly creative peoplel, most entrepreneurs, ADHD’s, conceptual + lateral+ divergent thinkers all go in one pool.
I base this on having spoken to many people, who fall into these categories.
There are striking similarities between what I hear about these peoples lives and how they think, including their challenges to fit in, what it was like going to school for them and what is described above about people who thinks divergent or conceptual.
Striking similarities, I tell you.
It’s rewarding and perhaps natural that we only sit up and listen when a “professional” with backup science confirms what we, the common people, have known all along.
It’s part of my mission to build a bridge between the “professionals” and all of us common multi-passionates so that my kids and the next generations will know, that if you are a divergent/lateral/conceptual thinker, you are in high demand.
Onwards and upwards my fellow MP’s 😀