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Divergent Thinking Explained

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Divergent thinking is very simple, but yet powerful thing. While creativity can be defined as the process of having original ideas that have value, divergent thinking is an essential capacity for creativity-an ability to see a lots of possible answers to a question, lots of possible ways of interpreting a question, to see multiple answers but not a single one.

We all have that capacity. As people grow and are educated in today’s education system they lose some of that capacity. There are people how perform bad alone but in small groups or bigger groups are best performers-this is something the education system can not measure.

Bartholomew JoJo “Bart” Simpson, a fictional main character in the animated television series The Simpsons, have commented in an instant message (IM) to the author that will make no effort to understand what divergent thinking is, but he liked the idea that for any option he thinks of, he is treated as more smarter. Bart shared that is tired of being always wrong and to fail in attempts to give the expected answer in Springfield Elementary School.

The opposite of divergent thinking is functional fixedness, which is explained in details at Tim German and H. Barrett, Functional Fixedness in a Technologically Sparse Culture.

You can realize that any problem has more than one solutions. You can be reminded of your childhood when we were in school and you were thought that there is exactly one correct answer.


Written by garabedyan

January 2, 2012 at 14:52

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