Divergent Thinking

Divergent Thinking is a combination of Foresight and Ideaphoria. When these two aptitudes are combined, they tell us what kind of thinker you are.   

Because Ideaphoria measures the rate of idea productivity and Foresight measures what time frame a person works in, the two together look at “where” in time a person’s ideas land. 

For Example…

Low Ideaphoria means a person is better at concentrating on one thing at a time; if they are an immediate, “now” thinker, this concentration will only be enhanced.

On the other hand, a High Ideaphoria score is a person who can generate a lot of ideas in a short amount of time. If their time frame is long (a high score) these many ideas take place in the distance future.

This is why these two aptitudes work together; they tell us more about how a person’s ideas and time frame work together. 

when in time do your ideas happen?

The Combinations

  • High Ideaphoria and high Foresight scores result in an innovator. This person is constantly improving plans and adjusting as changes happen. They tend to start many projects and be concerned with continually improving things. 
  • High Ideaphoria and low Foresight is a forecaster, who can track several ideas into the near future.  
  • Low Ideaphoria and high Foresight thinkers are called inventors. I once had a client like this named Nathanael. He was a very creative person but only worked on one project at a time. He could project a few ideas far into future. This is actually a good combination for artists because instead of starting and dropping a thousand projects, they can follow through on just a few of them.
  • The last combination, low Ideaphoria and low Foresight, is a Finisher Studier. These folks see immediate needs and focus on finishing them. They do not have a vision for the future but do have fairly good concentration. They might push studying for an exam to the last minute, but can sit down and get it done for hours on end.

Why Does it Matter to Me?

Your Divergent Thinking score can help you focus your energies on your natural skills – your aptitudes. Rather than pushing yourself to develop a 10-year plan as a low Foresight scorer, recognizing that you need to take it a few months at a time will relieve you of stress and help you maximize your planning capabilities. Saving time, stress, and working out of your strengths is a smart move. If you need help doing this, consider contacting a career coach or profiler after you take your aptitude test. The Career Profiler and Coach recommends The Highlands Ability Battery as the best aptitude test.

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Convergent Thinking

Though you may never have heard of it, Convergent Thinking is a combination of aptitudes that strongly influence your life. The two aptitudes that make up this kind of thinking are Classification and Concept Organization.


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How do you think? Convergent Thinking is a great way to understand your patterns of thought

The Classification score determines if a person is an Inductive or a Progressive thinker. These are general ways of problem solving and organization information. Process thinkers are patient with the step-by-step process of solving a problem. They work well within an already organized structure. Inductive thinkers, on the other hand, like connecting disorganized information. They see connections and relationship very quickly. Their problem-solving method is almost reflexive and they have little patience for step-by-step processes or having to explain their reasoning to others.

Concept Organization

Concept Organization divides people into Decisive or Deductive Reasoners. Decisive Reasoners are low scorers. When problem solving, they have no problem choosing the most important item or factor and solving the problem based on that “bottom line.” Rather than taking in a lot of information and weighing many possibilities, they make a decision quickly based on only one factor – the most important factor.

The Deductive Reasoners who score high in Concept Organization scorers are the opposite of this. They need to go through all the steps of reasoning in order to make a decision or solve a problem. Weighing each option carefully, taking every factor into account, and imagining every outcome thoroughly is how they come to a solution.

Ready to find out what kind of Convergent Thinker you are? The best way is to head over to The Highlands Ability Battery page and take the test. This test will give you so much more information than just your Convergent Thinking score. Then come back in a few weeks for our next blog: what happens when Convergent Thinking is applied to your life? We’ll look at the strengths, weaknesses, and the best careers for each combination of low and high aptitudes.

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Interest Tests

Interests tests are just one way of getting information vital to understanding a person. For those looking for a career, it is not the most “heavy” test – it is quick and easy. 

Interests tests are simply questionnaires that gauge how interested you are in different activities and subjects. There are basically two types of interest tests: the more accurate and thorough ones are excellent at providing career matches. The less accurate, but cheaper and quickest, provide you with a list of generic careers that most people with your interests work in. 

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Find out your likes with an interest test



Some of the most prevalent advanced interest tests, which provide career matches are:  

  1. Strong Interest Inventory: One of the most reliable interest tests, in our opinion, helps you define and organize your interests, goals, and calling.
  2. Campbell Interest Test: Specifically geared towards college students, this test gauges the vocational interests and skills with the goal of making a career plan. 

The Strong Interest and Campbell are especially accurate and highly researched.  These specific interest tests match your interest in activities, jobs and school subjects to jobs you will like. The Career Profiler, a career coach, recommends the Strong as the best interest test.

Two more basic tests are: 

  1. Career Occupational Preference System (COPS): This test clusters different fields of study, careers, and activities to help people find the college major or career that’s right for them.
  2. Self-Directed Search: Developed by John Holland, this test “matches your aspirations, activities, and talents to the career choices and educational opportunities that fit you best.”

The relative weaknesses of these tests can be bolstered by other types of tests. Think of the results as a starting point for your job search. Research those careers to find job titles that perform the same kind of work in an industry that appeals to you. If you need help in this research, contact a career coach who can guide you through your interests, test results, and provide you with more information to find the perfect job for you.

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Aptitude: Ideaphoria

The aptitude for coming up with ideas and brainstorming is called Ideaphoria by Johnson O’Connor and Idea Productivity by The Highlands Ability Battery. This aptitude is measured through a timed writing test. It’s simple: how many words can you write about a certain topic in x amount of minutes?

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The spark: how quick can you come up with ideas?

The test administrator does not grade for quality of content, but rather how many words a person can produce quickly. Writing speed usually does not sway the results much. If you are a person who is able to come up with a lot of ideas, you will be able to write more words than most people. One idea leads easily and seamlessly into another. You may even be able to think of the next sentence while writing the current one. On the other hand, if you are a person who has trouble thinking up new ideas, you will be on the lower end of the scale.

Just as with other aptitudes, there are benefits and disadvantages to scoring either high or low. Knowing your score will help you direct your life into areas in which you are sure to be successful. Ideaphoria is a driving ability, so if you have a high score, putting yourself into situations in which you can use it will help you find success and happiness there.

Johnson O’Connor says, “High-ideaphoria people should choose work that gives them an outlet for their ideas. Sales, advertising, journalism, and teaching are examples of fields that will generally provide such an outlet. The teacher trying to keep a class alert and interested, the journalist struggling to complete a story before a deadline, the salesperson thinking of the one last persuasive point to clinch a sale, are all exercising their ideaphoria.”

Low Ideaphoria

Idea productivity aptitude

The idea productivity aptitude measures quantity, not quality of ideas

A low-ideaphoria person will not do well in these situations. They will struggle to come up with solutions quickly. They will find it taxing to constantly meet deadlines dependent on their thought output.

Instead, “the low-ideaphoria  person should consider occupations that call for concentration rather than a rapid flow of new ideas, such as some areas of banking, clerical work, and engineering. These jobs demand concentration, an ability to work at complicated tasks without being distracted. Business executives often do not score high in ideaphoria: in many management situations it is more important to carry through existing policies than to dream up countless new projects.” A very high Ideaphoria person will probably find these jobs slow paced, boring, and will soon realize their strengths are not being used.

An important thing to remember about the Ideaphoria test is that it does not measure the quality of your ideas. This is something you must work on your own and receive feedback from others about. The quality of your ideas is something you can control (unlike the innate aptitude of Ideaphoria). You can widen your experiences, hone your writing and speaking skills, improve your vocabulary, and work on creative projects.

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How bright is your Idea Productivity? Find out by taking The Highlands Ability Battery today!

If you have low Ideaphoria but are creative, don’t worry! Scoring low in Ideaphoria does not mean you cannot be a writer or creative person. The Career Profiler, a career coach, had a client who had low Ideaphoria but high originality. His originality pressed him to produce something new. His low Ideaphoria actually helped him slow down enough to create the new thing. With low Ideaphoria he was able to stick through his projects until finished. That is a skill many artists wish they had!

Do you know how you score in Ideaphoria? The answer is important if you want to find a job that makes you happy. Find out today by taking an aptitude test. We recommend The Highlands Ability Battery.

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