Last week on my blog we talked about differences in creative routines. Today I wanted to tell you about a couple different logic styles, and see which one you think you are.
In my Hunt for Jack Reacher Series thrillers, FBI Special Agent Kim Otto is a lateral thinker, often at odds with the linear-thinking Carlos Gaspar.
As a lateral thinker, Kim Otto:
- Thinks “outside the box” to solve problems
- Uses reasoning that cannot be explained in a step-by-step analysis
- Is willing to jump from idea to idea, taking a leap of faith that the ideas will find a way to connect themselves and will provide her with a solution
- Looks at problems from unexpected perspectives (And no, I’m not only referring to the fact that Kim Otto is shorter than most everyone around her!)
As a linear thinker, Carlos Gaspar:
- Prefers a systematic approach to working through problems
- Loves setting specific goals and ordering them numerically, at least in his head if not on paper or verbally
- Pursues a “speedy and well-marked” path to the destination
- Follows the same method of thinking that is most popular among police detectives
Still not sure whether you’re a linear or lateral thinker? Here’s a quiz from The University of Kent that’s kind of fun. It will help you assess your lateral thinking skills.
So which one are you? A lateral thinker like Kim Otto or a linear thinker like Carlos Gaspar? Leave a comment and let me know, and keep in mind, there’s no “best” answer. The Hunt for Jack Reacher needs both types if they are to complete the job.