In my research on how my busy brain works and why, I came across the term divergent thinking.
And conceptual thinking and lateral thinking.
Being multipassionate is a certain kind of wiring. I’m convinced of that now. We generally do think differently than most other people.
No two people are the same. However, the similarity I see, is that we have a “higher view on life”. We see patterns, and challenges differently, and often from a zoomed-out view. And at the same time, we see the details.
We never just see one solution, one way of living, one way of doing things. And this is what gets us the nonconformist label.
Therein lies the complexity and contradiction to our personality.
I have looked into what these ways of thinking mean, how they are defined.
Wikipedia defines divergent, lateral, and conceptual thinking like this:
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”.
Similar to lateral thinking is conceptual thinking.
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.”
Let’s break it down even more:
- It’s a way of thinking.
- A curious mind.
- Openness to new ways of seeing the world.
- Problem solving through a creative approach.
- Willingness to explore and take risks.
- Creative search for new ideas or solutions.
- Sees many possible solutions.
- Out-of-the-box thinking.
- 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.
This way of thinking is described as the opposite of linear thinking. That there’s more than one way to view the world.
My personal opinion and experience is, that multi-passionates, highly creative people, most entrepreneurs, people diagnosed with ADHD, 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 people’s 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.
No two people are the same, however, there seems to be striking similarities in how we see things and how the people around us do.
I LOVE when I find studies that backup with science what we, the common people, have known all along.
Part of my mission, is to build a bridge between the “professionals” and all of us common multi-passionates for my kids and the next generations. So they will know, that if you are a divergent/lateral/conceptual thinker, you are in demand. You are not crazy, ill, menatlly disturbed, superficial. Just lucky to have a brain which is great for creatvity.
Onwards and upwards my fellow MP’s 😀