Relational Meditation: Creative Thinking vs. Divergent Thinking
My former construct of creative thinking can be presented with the following formula:
Creative thinking = Divergent thinking + Convergent thinking
In the context of problem solving, divergent thinking is used to find different solutions to a problem while convergent thinking is used to find out the most appropriate or efficient solution to the problem through analysis and comparison between all the possible solutions. Thus, creative thinking can be used to solve one problem after another.
When “critical thinking” is taken into consideration, the preceding formula should be reconsidered. Instead of reconstruct this formula, I would replace this formula with a matrix that is expected to be more expressive and revealing (See Table 1):
As far as the relationship between these four kinks of thinking is considered, in a sense, creative thinking consists of more divergent thinking but less convergent thinking while critical thinking consists of more convergent thinking but less divergent thinking.
Here, I feel I moved a step forward in advancement of my mediation: On the one hand, I expanded the construct of thinking by taking “critical thinking” into consideration. On the other, I replaced the one-dimension linear presentation in the form of a formula with the two-dimension non-linear presentation in the form of a table.