Thoughts on Thinking!


Ever had one of those slow days? The type where you have negative and depressive thoughts distracting you while going about the day’s work, I bet you wish you could just snap a finger and conjure a brighter mood on these occasions.

The human mind is a complex entity to study or understand, even more so because of its intangible nature. The ability to think is a luxury all humankind share in common, however, it can be of a sore disadvantage to any of us when the focus is placed only on brooding over negative thoughts leading to worry, panic, fear and depression.

The art of thinking in itself can be done through a variety of methods:
Critical thinking – this describes the ability to carefully evaluate or reflect on the core aspects or prospects of any situation, or estimating its worth/importance.

Creative thinking – equivalent to ‘thinking outside the box’. It involves the ability to birth new ideas from an approach or pattern different from those already established.

Analytical thinking — it involves taking a step-by-step approach to the details embedded within, connecting and understanding how one detail influences or affects the other.

Abstract thinking – refers to the ability to pay attention to the hidden meanings or details thus increasing your chances of understanding, relating and connecting to the possibilities or order of events/experiences.

Concrete thinking – refers to assured, factual or specific thinking on a set of established ideas, principles or knowledge. It involves ‘thinking to the point’, and it’s always literal.

Convergent thinking – refers to the ability to combine a series of different opinions, perspectives or solutions together in an organized, logical manner in order to arrive at a singular answer, solution or approach on a topic.

Divergent thinking – refers to the ability to seek more possible solutions to an issue, drawing in creative ideas and patterns in order to explore new ways to approach the topic/project. It starts from having one possible solution, and ends with multiple ideas and solutions generated.

Sequential thinking – this describes the ability to process information in a step-by-step progression, giving attention to one detail and applying appropriate judgement or response before moving on to the next detail.

Holistic (non-sequential) thinking – it involves expanding your thought pattern and processing ideas in multiple directions rather than just one direction, looking at the system as one whole body and exploring the interconnected points.

Positive thinking will always eliminate depressive thoughts and moods, so the next time you perceive a depression coming on, remember that positive thinking requires conscious effort always!
Take the initiative and stay ahead!

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