Synopses & Reviews
What style of thinker are you?
The Synthesist: Sees likeness in apparent opposites, interested in change
The Idealist: Welcomes broad range of views, seeks ideal solutions
The Pragmatist: Seeks shortest route to payoff: “Whatever works,”
The Analyst: Seeks “one best way,” interested in scientific solutions
The Realist: Relies on facts and expert opinions, interested in concrete results
There are five basic styles of thinking, each greatly influenced by the thinker’s fundamental beliefs. It is these beliefs that limit people to thinking about things in only one way. With everyday examples, this practical and hands-on guide will show you how to unbind the mind from narrow thinking. Learning to approach situations in different ways is an invaluable life lesson. Learning to recognize others’ thinking styles can transform communication. And learning to distinguish and choose the right style of thinking for any situation is an art that can help you achieve goals, influence others, and avoid making errorswhile enhancing every area of your life.
The Art of Thinking will expand your repertoire of strategies for asking questions, making decisions, getting along with people and solving problems. By learning why you think the way you doand gaining surprising new insight into the thinking styles of othersyou’ll be able to get past obstacles, turn conflict into cooperation, and enjoy more success in everyday life.
Includes a test to determine your own style of thinking.
Are you a pragmatist? An idealist? An analyst? What about the people you live with and work with? Complete with quizzes and self-tests, this book was written by researchers of human behavior and classifies thinking into five practical categories. But more importantly, it investigates the best strategies for approaching different situations and people, leading to the achievement of goals and the avoidance of errors -- the recipe for an enhanced life.
About the Author
Robert N. Bramson has also penned Coping with Difficult People; What Your Boss Doesn't Tell You Until It's Too Late: How to Correct Behavior that is Holding You Back; and, with Susan J. Bramson, First Hired, Last Fired: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in an Age of Downsizing, Mergers, and Restructuring.
Table of Contents
The Art of Thinking
1. Thinking About ThinkingAn Introduction
2. Styles of ThinkingThe InQ
3. The Strange Ways of Synthesis
4. The Wholesome Ways of Idealists
5. The Piecemeal Ways of Pragmatists
6. The Orderly Ways of Analysts
7. The No-Nonsense Ways of Realists
8. Compatibilities, Affinities, and ConflictsHow the Styles Work Together
9. Influencing Others
10. The Productive Use of Your Strengths
11. Extending and Augmenting Your Thinking Strategies
12. Theory for Those Who Want Theory