Abstract vs Concrete Thinking
There are people who think this way and there are people who think that way. These differences and variations in thinking styles are all natural and God-gifted. One can, however, change the way they think, can even change their beliefs at one point if some other thinking has completely taken over and convinced the former thinking style. In any case, we all are born and bred with a certain mind-set which leads us to become either of the concrete thinkers or abstract thinkers. Both of those terms are different from each other and show how different people have a different view of looking at things and perceiving them according to their own thinking skills and analytical abilities. Though it is very evident that each one of us can be differentiated and categorized by the way they look at things and depict the meaning out of them, yet there are situations where you can’t really say what a concrete thinker might be thinking in contrast with that of an abstract thinker. To know about both these concepts deeply and in a better way let’s consider them individually and then see what is the actual difference.
Abstract thinking can be explained as that type of thinking ability which has to do with the conceptualization or the generalization of a certain thing and see that things from an angle which others might not be able to find. Abstract thinking involves a much deeper, wider and a multitude of meanings of a single concept or idea which can arouse other issues which were never seen or discussed before. Abstract thinking also involves various options or solutions to a single problem which might seem unusual and new o an average, normal person. Abstract thinking goes beyond all the visible and present things and depicts hidden meanings and underlying purposes of anything that’s existing and is a part of nature.
Concrete thinking, on the other hand, is very concrete and definite as the name suggests. It involves only those things which are visible to the human eye and are obvious enough for anybody who is looking at them. Concrete thinking will only consider, depend and emphasize on the literal meaning of anything, any idea or concept and does not appreciate those ideas which rely on the factor of probability. Concrete thinking involves only those words or events which hold a face value and can be recorded, quoted or provide some sort of evidence at least.
Abstract and Concrete thinking are two different ways of looking at the same thing. While abstract thinking involves an emphasis on the hidden or the intended meaning, concrete thinking is always literal, to-the-point and very direct. It is important to notice that both these terms seem different and to some extent opposite of each other, yet both have to do with the two different sides of our brain. This means that there has to be a fair balance between the two and we should be able to think in both terms as and when need arises. This is essential because sometimes we need to take thing literally, just the way they are coming to us whereas there are times when people are expecting of us to be a bit more of an analytic and take things in a way they don’t seem to be, but are actually are.