What is Thinking?


think•ing /ˈTHiNGkiNG/

noun: thinking

1. The process of using one’s mind to consider or reason about something.”they have done some thinking about welfare reform.”

Thought is ideas or the arrangements of ideas resulting from thinking, which is the act of producing thoughts. Thinking is fundamental to human activity and is familiar to everyone. Thinking enables human beings to interpret or model the world in which they live and experience.

Thinking and thoughts are relevant to human actions, therefore understanding the physical and metaphysical origins of thinking has always been a goal of mankind and often involves many academic disciplines from biology to philosophy to psychology to sociology.

“Convergent” and “Divergent”Thinking

Convergent thinkers: See a predetermined and somewhat limited number of options. If you are a convergent thinker, you usually begin by focusing on a limited number of possibilities and then your choose the “right” answer from the choices.

Divergent thinkers: Seek more options. Divergent thinking opens up many possibilities in life because it leads you to look for options that aren’t necessarily apparent initially. If you are a divergent thinker then you are looking for options as opposed to choosing among predetermined ones.

Types of Thinking

There are five different types of thinking.

  1. Critical thinking: This enables you to objectively analyze situations by gathering information from all sources, and then evaluate both the tangible and intangible aspects, as well as the implications of what will happen based on a specific course of action.
  2. Implementation thinking: The ability to organize ideas and plans in a way that they will be effectively carried out.
  3. Conceptual thinking: Consists of finding patterns or connections between abstract ideas and then putting the pieces together to form a complete picture.
  4. Innovative thinking: Involves generating new ways of approaching things to create opportunities or possibilities.
  5. Intuitive thinking: The ability to take what you perceive to be true and, without any evidence, then appropriately factor it in to the final decision.