This creative thinking process can be accidental or deliberate .
Without using special techniques creative thinking does still occur, but usually in the accidental way; like a chance happening making you think about something in a different way and you then discovering a beneficial change. Other changes happen slowly through pure use of intelligence and logical progression. Using this accidental or logical progression process, it often takes a long time for products to develop and improve. In an accelerating and competitive world this is obviously disadvantageous.
Using special techniques, deliberate creative thinking can be used to develop new ideas. These techniques force the mergance of a wide range of ideas to spark off new thoughts and processes. Brainstorming is one of these special techniques, but traditionally it starts with unoriginal ideas.
Developments of products occur much more rapidly using these deliberate techniques than by accident. Many people known for being creative use these techniques, but are not aware they are doing so because they have not been formally trained in them. If you use these deliberate techniques during advanced brainstorming sessions then you too will be more creative.
With practice, ongoing creative thinking (the continuous investigation, questioning and analysis that develops through education, training and self-awareness) occurs all the time. Ongoing creativity maximizes both accidental and deliberate creative thinking. Ongoing creativity takes time and deliberate practice to become skillful at, but it's surprising how quickly it becomes an attitude, not a technique.
The first step to take is to learn the creative thinking techniques so that you can deliberately use them to come up with new ideas. You will then be at an immediate advantage over those who don't know how to use them. You should then practise the techniques to increase your skill at ongoing creative thinking. (After a while you may even find it unnecessary to use specific techniques because you may be having too many ideas anyway.)
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Wonderful article. The last but one paragraph which states that your teacher is the only person who can imbibe this skill in you and that you cannot acquire this skill at home got me thinking how I acquired this skill to whatever level it is now. At school till the age of 16 it was rote memorisation that was rewarded and didn’t even realise that I could question any of the concepts that were taught. But I was fortunate to join a technical college where my fellow classmates were selected based on tests which possibly included testing ones creativity and critical thinking.. So I grew up with a bunch of bright kids, who were not allowed to voice any difference of opinion in the lecture hall but were totally free to discuss and dissect whatever we learnt in the class room in our dormitories. The college had wisely insisted that all students must compulsorily reside in the campus. The evaluation tests that we had to undergo periodically were designed to test our critical thinking skill in the written format. So I got my critical thinking skills in the oral format from my peers ( to whom I am grateful) and not from any specific teacher that I can remember. From my experience it appears that the environment in which you grow is far more significant/important than any individual teacher/s. That is not to downplay the teacher’s role/ contribution to developing the student’s critical thinking skills. I am just sharing my personal experience.
Thankfully, the skills of critical thinking provide us with the capacity to be mature, diplomatic, and fair, and allow us to disagree in a civil manner. For the majority of us, developing such skills will not happen overnight ... or in a week, or a month. It is something that is ongoing and requires continuous practice, development, and use. But this takes time and a lot of practice. And in today’s age of immediacy, with information and opinion just a click away, there seems to be less and less time in which to practice such skills. Perhaps this is one of the reasons so many people are feeling their way through issues rather than thinking critically about them.