Creative and critical thinking

Critical thinking vs Creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking skills are perhaps the most fundamental skills involved in making judgments and solving problems. 

The ability to think critically about a matter—to analyze a question, situation, or problem down to its most basic parts—is what helps us evaluate the accuracy and truthfulness of statements, claims, and information we read and hear.

Creative thinking skills involve using strategies to clear the mind so that our thoughts and ideas can transcend the current limitations of a problem and allow us to see beyond barriers that prevent new solutions from being found. Brainstorming is the simplest example of intentional creative thinking that most people have tried at least once. (

Critical Thinking

If you are a critical thinker, you examine the situation and facts and think in a linear and rational way. The critical thinker gathers information, analyzes it and evaluates it. If you think critically, you can separate fact from opinion. You like details and clear-cut information.

Creative Thinking

Creative thinkers tend to be imaginative and like to brainstorm. A creative thinker looks at things from various perspectives, coming up with ideas and making novel and uncharacteristic connections. The creative thinker often goes against standard views and is apt to take risks. A creative person is curious. He likes a challenge, seeks out problems to solve and is imaginative.



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  2. Pearce, C., “Difference Between Being a Critical Thinker & a Creative Thinker” article May 10, 2019, Copyright 2021 Leaf Group Ltd., Retrieved November 19, 2021 from