Guilford observed that most individuals display a preference for either convergent or divergent thinking. (Others observe that most people prefer a convergent closure).
There is a movement in education that maintains divergent thinking might create more resourceful students. Rather than presenting a series of problems for rote memorization or resolution, divergent thinking presents open-ended problems and encourages students to develop their own solutions to problems.
In some "schools" the model is even used for facilitation of meetings etc. many facilitators and leaders thus seek to end any facilitation with convergent thinking.
Categorizing thinkers as "divergent" or "convergent" may seem appropriatte for the purpose of general analyzes.
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