Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models
Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

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Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

1.3 Activities

Activity 1A allows you to identify whether you favour analysis or synthesis as your principal cognitive style, while Activity 1B allows you to explore the implications of your preference. Activity 1C takes a slightly different approach with regards to the exploration of your cognitive style by carrying out an 'audit' of your multiple intelligences. Activity 1D focuses on potential cognitive traps that you might fall into when engaging with complex situations.

These investigations should allow you to gain a better picture of your personal profile – often, the complexity 'out there' is amplified by the complexity 'within'. Indeed, as the concept of 'modelling' tries to demonstrate, the particular way by which we perceive external reality is just as significant in determining the complexity of a situation as the 'real' structures and processes around us. It is not uncommon to come across a situation that is perceived by some people to be complex, while other people perceive it as entirely manageable and simple.


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