Do you consider yourself an analytic thinker or a holistic thinker? Are they opposites? (and) Have you ever had a really interesting conversation with someone who's thinking was at the other end of the specturm?
The two thinking styles defined:
"One of the most common distinctions in the literature on cognitive style is between analytic and holistic styles. Analytic thinking involves understanding a system by thinking about its parts and how they work together to produce larger-scale effects. Holistic thinking involves understanding a system by sensing its large-scale patterns and reacting to them."
Personally, I don't think that I fall into one or the other. I overthink, analizing the parts of a the whole (sometimes too much), but then I also find myself seeing the big picture and seeing connections all over the place. I know that literal thinking drives me a bit nuts, mostly because of my sense of humor, and I've had some challenging conversations because of it. But I've also had some really interesting conversations as well. So, what do you think?