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Divergent thinking

The ability to develop original and unique ideas and to envision multiple solutions to a problem, a cognitive trait that J.P. Guilford (1954) considered as the most important ingredient of creativity. It is a form of thinking that does not follow the beaten path of conformity or convention but proceeds towards unusual solutions. The three most important characteristics of divergent thinking are flexibility, originality, and fluency; or the ability to produce, rapidly, a succession of ideas that meet some requirements.

Divergent thinking. Dictionary of Creativity: Terms, Concepts, Theories & Findings in Creativity Research / Compiled and edited by Eugene Gorny. Netslova.ru, 2007.
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