Some experts beleive that a person’s overall intelligence is comprised of three distinct thinking elements — analytical, creative, and practical. Here are some tips for improving all three types of thinking.
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Have you taken our Degree of Analytical, Creative, and Practical Thinking Quiz?
Improving Analytical Thinking Skills
- Seek out more (complete) information about situation/decision
- Separate information you do have into fact and opinions
- Evaluate and decide on importance of each piece of information
- Breakdown larger concepts into smaller, easier to manage pieces
- Dedicate time to gather, read, and evaluate information
Improving Creative Thinking Skills
- Take risks by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone when seeking understanding
- Seek out examples of others’ creative solutions to similar situations
- Examine the situation you face from multiple perspectives
- Go beyond obvious and conventional solutions
- Free yourself to brainstorm (develop) multiple solutions to situation
Improving Practical Thinking Skills
- Try and observe how others work and make decisions
- Examine how things have been successfully accomplished by others
- Look for patterns in past experience to prepare for future decisions/situations
- Read and review common sense tips for everyday situations
- Apply what you have learned from the past to present day
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