Distinguishing Convergent and Divergent Styles for Creative Thinking
Convergent and divergent thinking are two broad cognitive styles that are useful for appreciating how you approach creative thinking activities. If you’re a convergent thinker, you’ll tend to take a steady approach to tasks, whereas if you’re a divergent thinker, you can appear more obviously creative, especially when confronted with tasks that require lots of idea generation.
However, convergent thinkers often produce high-quality results through persistence, and divergent thinkers frequently discard a high proportion of ideas generated early on in a task. One style isn’t better than the other – they’re just different strategies.
|Convergent Thinking||Divergent Thinking|
|Linear style of thinking||Lateral style of thinking|
|Solution focus||Open ended|
|Logical approach||Stream of thought|
|Steady idea generation||Rapid idea generation|