Does Essay Writing Depend on Thinking Style?/ Oct 13
Writing an essay is an exercise of self-assessment in which your personality and way of thinking gets revealed. However your mental schemes also determine the way you face up and organize your work and assignments, so it’s a good point if you have an inside look at your own thinking style to see if it is necessary to change some viewpoints about the way you think to make yourself more productive.
In general terms there are four thinking styles distinguished, and many people usually get identified with one or maybe several of them. Let’s consider a description of each type and their effect on essay writing. However, we will not attempt to create a rigid taxonomy of thinkers for we acknowledge that each person usually has a mixture of different thinking type characteristics. Our intention is to list a series of recurrent features that appear during essay composition depending on the writer’s possible thinking style. This may help students to solve some essay problems and enhance their writing techniques.
Logical or digital thinking style
- People who belong to this type of thinking you will possess the following characteristic features:
focused on facts
- logical and analytic, with rational and traditional views
- being very ‘cerebral’ and enjoy being intellectually stimulated and mentally challenged
- using facts and figures to explain, evaluate and support their opinions
- being more prompt to analyse, evaluate and quantify
- result oriented
- making decisions only after a tough process of thinking,
- having a logical and analytic approach to creativity, and preferring to analyse ideas rather than generate them
Taking everything into account, writing essays supposes an exercise of research and reflection for this kind of thinkers. Logical thinkers won’t start working until they’re really sure of the topic they want to talk about and that their arguments are totally grounded so that they cannot be discussed or questioned.
When it comes to citation, digital thinkers will employ as many sources as possible, proven that they have passed a hard test of analysis and are valid for the achievement of this kind of thinkers’ goals. They are not coming up with new or original ideas, but they will prove factually that the status quo is perfect as it is.
When writing, logical thinkers show themselves quite assertive, tend to use simple sentences and employ a formal but aggressive tone and vocabulary. They also avoid giving examples that may mislead the readers about their intentions or can distract them from the main focus of the essay, so they follow a classic structure and try to make a perfect arrangement of sections and chapters, though sometimes can show themselves quite repetitive in their purpose of demonstrating their point of view.
Creative thinking style
Creative thinkers are characterized by the following features:
highly imaginative, unusual way of thinking
- creative, strategic and innovative.
- resistant towards anything which they feel stifles their creativity
- open-minded by nature, strive for freedom and independence
- spontaneous and adventurous
- like breaking the rules and taking risks in order to achieve their goals
- get bored quickly and easily
When writing essays creative thinkers always use imagination and experiment, come up with new, original ideas and concepts. Drafting and brainstorming are their best qualities. They often employ a narrative style for their writings and address readers with a close, familiar tone.
Creative thinkers dislike writing with a fixed structure, and that can suppose a problem when it comes to writing academic essays; it’s quite probable that they need to use a format and style handbook. Neither do they like to write convincing argumentative essays. Their main target is to open up their readers’ minds about the possibility of something not generally accepted. This type of thinkers usually take on the revolution of ideas, but never come to distinct conclusions because they tend to lose their focus.
Practical or operational thinking style
Operational thinkers can be identified by the following features:
- like organizing and planning
- structured and process-driven
- enjoy administrative activities and implementing ideas
- main target is to finish tasks effectively
- make lists that may help them to organize their tasks
- like to control the situation
- safe, cautious decision-making
- structured approach to creativity
- detail oriented and particular about the way things are done
When it comes to writing essays, operational thinkers are quite strict at following a fixed structure, and they use a formal, neutral tone to address their readers. They are best at meeting deadlines because they know how to organize themselves. Their work can be technically perfect, but may lack creativity.
Relational or animated thinking style
Relational thinkers usually have the following peculiarities:
- ‘feelings’ oriented
- preference for the interpersonal aspects of life
- emotional and sympathetic, attentive to their own emotions as well as the feelings of others
- highly sensitive
- rely on intuition in decision making
- sense good ideas but can’t prove them rationally
The last fact may cause a problem when it comes to writing essay and making expert citation. If relational thinkers are not taught to research properly, they usually tend to comment on scientific sources and forget to cite them. It may result in unintentional plagiarism. Besides, relational thinkers tend to make poor data analysis and descriptions when writing a more scientific work. However, they are good with group work because then they are able to discuss their thoughts and ideas and make decisions, so collective essay writing is an activity for animated thinking style.
Relational thinkers tend to use lots of examples to clarify their viewpoints and metaphoric language to represent or illustrate their ideas. They prefer being involved with the communication of ideas rather than generating them, so they usually put together contrary opinions about an issue and highlight their common aspects and their advantages without positioning themselves clearly.
As you can see, each thinking styles has its writing strengths and weaknesses. So, using the strong sides and working on the weaknesses helps to improve writing style in general. Without doubt, a perfect essay should have a little bit of each thinking style: it must be written with creativity and logic, be well organized and present many different viewpoints at the same time. A good piece of writing must show assertiveness from the writer’s part, but also flexibility, and what is most important – it must be clear and get the message across. The requirements may seem high, but there’s nothing that practice and hard work cannot solve.