Thinking is the process of considering or reasoning about something. It can be creative, abstract, holistic, logical or lateral.
Logical thinking is the act of analysing a situation and coming up with a sensible solution.
It can entail calculating the pros and cons of a situation by using our mind in an intelligent manner.
Lateral thinking is a manner of solving problems using an indirect and creative approach via reasoning that is not immediately obvious.
It can be termed as thinking out of the box by running your mind in such a way that you get unexpected results
Logical thinking is used to solve problems in a straightforward way. It sticks to proven methods using judgement to select and reject ideas.
On the other hand, lateral thinking looks seeks to challenge methods, in order to find answers that aren't immediately apparent.
The two lists are not mutually exclusive. You can develop both skills!
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