When we make decisions, we often subconsciously narrow down our choices to two options, and then can't see other possibilities later. This convergent thinking can be useful for fact-based problems, but when making less clear-cut choices, it often prevents us from seeing the best solution.
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Toni Bernhard at Psychology Today fell into the convergent thinking trap while dealing with a chronic illness. Either she was healthy or she was sick. Either she could go to work, or she was useless. Once she made everything black and white in her mind, it suddenly became impossible to see a middle ground.
Over time though, she made a conscious effort to be a more divergent thinker. For example, she realised she could do some aspects of her job without sacrificing her health. This same advice can work for anyone to help make decisions or shape their frame of mind. All you have to is identify when you're choosing from predetermined options, rather than actively looking for other choices. Be sure to check out the source link to learn more.
What Type of Thinker Are You? [Psychology Today]