Definition of vertical thinking in English:

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vertical thinking


[mass noun]
The solving of problems using conventional logical processes. Contrasted with lateral thinking.
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  • Lateral thinking enhances the effectiveness of vertical thinking by offering it more to select from.
  • Thus where vertical thinking focuses on the answers, lateral thinking generates questions and hypotheses.
  • Limitations of vertical thinking include being right at every stage and having everything rigidly defined.
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