There's a popular misconception: logic is cold reasoning and creativity is rooted in emotions.

This stereotype splits creativity and logic onto two ends of the thinking spectrum. The truth is: creative thinking and logical thinking can co-exist and even work together.

The result? Innovative solutions, for both life and in work.

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What's The Difference Between Creative And Logical Thinking?

Logic uses reasoning and analytical abilities. It seeks to identify the cause and effect.

Creativity involves elements of innovation, emotion, and chance. It seeks to discover new solutions.

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Conformers vs. Outliers

Someone who shows strong logical skills is often seen as a conformer to established patterns and rules. While the answers from conformers are seen as reliable, logical thinkers may be seen as lacking in passion or empathy.

Creativity, by nature, breaks established patterns. Creative thinkers are outliers who ignite the brilliant spark of innovation. This can sometimes raise concerns about uncertainty and instability.

Quiz

Can artists be logical thinkers?

No

Yes

Harmonize Creativity And Logic

Many problem-solvers want to invent solutions with both the glow of novelty and a solid logical base. But how can we find balance?

  • Embed creativity in logic

  • Use logic to reinforce creativity

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Embed Creativity Into Logic

Following existing patterns too strictly can stifle creativity. So we need to bring creativity into logical reasoning.

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  • Uncover cause and effect creatively

    When exploring the root causes, is it possible to connect the variables in a new way?

  • Say yes to the impossible

    New ideas are rarely understood right away. Don't rush to rule out something bizarre. It takes time to find the balance between genius and wildness.

  • Make creativity a habit

    Many productive thinkers struggle to keep the creative juices flowing. Devote effort to make creative thinking a habit, and it will naturally inform your approach when using logic.

Quiz

If Fatima wants to design a piece of unique furniture, what should be her primary consideration?

Balancing form and function

Only highlighting oddity

What other designers are doing

Only the raw material

Use Logic To Reinforce Creativity

Is logic about conforming to norms? Yes, and no.

Even the craziest idea needs logical roots if it is going to be successful. Using logic to reinforce creativity is to think deeply about causes, analyze targets, and focus on creating the optimal outcome.

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Artistic thinkers can use these tips to find balance:

  • Make sense of novelty

    Look for the cause of what makes something new and distinct. When you can identify what makes something different, you can iterate and replicate it.

  • Measure and assess

    Measuring impact of a solution is vital, especially in a work context. Creativity isn't an excuse for wasting resources. Use metrics to measure the results of new ideas. Does your plan allow you to hit new targets, serve a broader group of people, or promote productivity?

Summary

Creative thinkers and logic thinkers should not be categorized as different groups. Like Mozart's music, creative approaches rooted in logic can help you create your own masterpiece.

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Do you tend to be a more logical or creative thinker? What steps can you take to find more balance?

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