STRUCTURAL FLEXIBILITY OF THINKING IN THE CONTEXT OF DIALECTICAL APPROACH IN PSYCHOLOGY

Abstract: 

This article covers a number of issues concerning the urgent problems of creative and productive thinking. The brief analysis of the concept “creative thinking” in the context of structural dialectical thinking is also provided. Such notions as “structure” and “multidimensionality” are discussed when applied to the examination of intellectual creativity. A new concept is introduced in the framework of dialectical thinking theory, and this is “structural flexibility of thinking (SFT)”. The article also presents the results of the empirical study of the relationship between dialectical thinking and SFT (by means of the author’s diagnostic techniques). The author comes to the conclusion that the ability to perform dialectical transformations determines the ability to “turn the problem into an opportunity” by mentally putting the problematic object into the context of different structural interconnections.

Key words: 

dialectical thinking, structural flexibility of thinking, multidimensionality, creativity, productiveness.

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