Are You A Divergent Or Convergent Thinker? -Mental Model 062

Divergent vs Convergent Thinking

Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. It is often used in conjunction with its cognitive opposite, convergent thinking. Convergent thinking follows a particular set of logical steps to arrive at one solution, which in some cases is a ‘correct’ solution.


Example: Divergent thinking is like building a city—you add new roads that build off each other in many different directions. They diverge. Convergent thinking is like navigating the many roads of a city to arrive at the one correct address. They converge.


Divergent thinking is coming up with ideas, while convergent thinking is coming to the one correct conclusion.


Wisdom: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ― Plutarch


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