Thinking strategies commonly used by creative geniuses.

Source: The Creativity Post, Apr 2012

After considerable debate initiated by J. P. Guilford, a leading psychologist who called for a scientific focus on creativity in the sixties, psychologists reached the conclusion that creativity is not the same as intelligence. An individual can be far more creative than he or she is intelligent, or far more intelligent than creative.

geniuses think productively, not reproductively. When confronted with a problem, they ask “How many different ways can I look at it?”, “How can I rethink the way I see it?”, and “How many different ways can I solve it?” instead of “What have I been taught by someone else on how to solve this?” They tend to come up with many different responses, some of which are unconventional and possibly unique.

STRATEGIES That Geniuses Use

  • LOOK AT PROBLEMS IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS
  • MAKE THEIR THOUGHTS VISIBLE
  • PRODUCE
  • MAKE NOVEL COMBINATIONS
  • FORCE RELATIONSHIPS
  • THINK IN OPPOSITES
  • THINK METAPHORICALLY
  • PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR CHANCE
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