Help me think abstractly
November 2, 2007 6:02 PM Subscribe
Any tips on improving my abstract reasoning?
posted by gadha to grab bag (14 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I find I have below-average abstraction skills. Specifically, when problem solving I find I am unable to think of things in the abstract, removing all details to hone in on the problem.
Often, when solving problems I am unable to make progress unless I visualise it, and even when I try and abstract away detail I find they cloud my thinking and bias my solutions.
Personally I feel like this is "fuzzy" thinking because I have all these wishy washy answers and then some person will come along, abstract away the cruft, come up with a solution and I'll go "I wish I could think like that!" I really want to be able to do it.
Even more so, I find that presented with a technical solution I seem to have inifinite capacity to remember all the tiny tiny details but tend to loose the big picture about what problem the solution is addressing or how it could be adapted elsewhere.
Does anyone here have any ideas how I could build these skills? Is there anything I can read or anything I can do? Is there a process for this? [This is in the area of compsci btw]