Talk:Convergent thinking

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--Msingh209 (talk) 06:01, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Contrast to satisficing[edit]

It strikes me that what differentiates convergent thinking from satisficing is that the end point in convergent thinking becomes socially normative. It's not obvious how I might quickly locate a good citation for this. Heaven forbid I added such a speculative idea to Wikipedia without some socially normative attestation, even if, in the meanwhile, the satisficers of the world would probably appreciate the expanded coverage in its denuded birth state. — MaxEnt 23:21, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Convergent thinking is part of the analysis of creative thinking. As such, the end point is socially normative insofar as creative products are those which have some kind of value to people. Convergent thinking is part of a contrastive pair with divergent thinking. Convergent thinking isn't seen as a strategy in the same way that satisficing is (which is in response to a situation where no optimal solutions exist), more of a stage in the creative process, based on an ideation/selection model. It's not a whole approach. I can see the similarities, but I think that more differentiates the two than social normativity. It would require literature to support inclusion, otherwise it really would be original research. (I've had a quick look, and there doesn't seem to be anything clear jumping out identifying or comparing the two.OsFish (talk) 10:29, 29 April 2016 (UTC)