What Is an Example of Abstract Thinking?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 11:04:09 PM ET

Examples of abstract thinking include solving a math problem that only involves numerals and symbols and using a metaphor to refer to an angry person as a "raging bull." Abstract thinking is thinking beyond concrete objects and simple ideas.

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According to the Brain Injury Association of New York State, abstract thinking moves beyond the here and now into thoughts about other times and places, imagined situations and abstract concepts. It follows that describing love, justice or bravery are types of abstract thinking, as is describing a fictional child in a distant country or a potential vacation that could take place 10 years in the future.