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The art and science of abstract thinking

The art and science of abstract thinking

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  • Concrete thinking is closely related to experiences that can be directly observed. It involves everyday, tangible facts and physical objects.
  • On the other hand, abstract thinking is a higher-order reasoning skill. It deals with conceptual id...

It is possible to improve your abstract reasoning skills.

  • Reframe the question. Go from “how?” to “why?” in order to take a step-back and tap into your abstract reasoning skills
  • Look for patterns. Instead of looking at each concrete element in ...

As with any powerful tool, abstract thinking can be a double-edged sword.

  • First, abstract thinking without concrete thinking amounts to imagination without execution. Once you have figured out why an idea needs to see the light of day, you need to think about how you ...

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