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Using divergent and convergent thinking: Divergent thinking

In this video, Gerard Puccio explores how we can better manage our creative thinking skills using divergent and convergent thinking.

In this video, Gerard Puccio explores how we can better manage our creative thinking skills using divergent and convergent thinking.

Divergent thinking is the ability to generate many, varied, and original options, while convergent thinking is the ability to evaluate, select and develop the most promising options. Using the analogy of divergent thinking being a car’s accelerator and convergent thinking being applying its brakes, Gerard discusses how we should avoid shutting down our divergent thinking too quickly. It would be like pumping a car’s brakes while trying to get to your destination.

Gerard offers four strategies to enhance divergent thinking – by deferring judgement, striving for quantity, borrowing ideas and seeking novelty.

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