The InQ assesses five different thinking styles - synthesist, idealist, pragmatist, analyst and realist.
Synthesists are integrators.
They delight in finding relationships in things which, to others, have no apparent connection.
In a group discussion, they are likely to champion an opposite point of view, and are therefore valuable in avoiding "group think."
Synthesists tend to be highly creative people, very interested in change and highly speculative.
To others, they may appear argumentative at times, and their pattern of thought may appear somewhat disjointed.
Idealists take a broad, holistic view of things, tending to be future-oriented and to think about goals.
They are also interested in social values. We could say that they are "big picture" people.
Correspondingly, they tend not to like detail.
Pragmatists have a bias for action.
They like to get things done and their approach is often flexible and adaptive. The model of the pragmatist is, "whatever works."
Unlike idealists, their solutions do not have to be the most elegant.
Analysts tend to be logical, structured and prescriptive.
They prefer predictability and rationality, and will look for a method, a formula, or procedure to solve a particular problem.
Analysts believe there is "one best way" to solve any problem.
Realists take an empirical view.
Their world consists of what can be felt, smelled, touched, seen, heard, and personally observed or experienced.
They are interested in concrete results And, at times, may appear to be too results-oriented.
In thinking styles, the realist resembles the analyst.
Both are factual and focused on concrete facts, but unlike the analyst,
the realist will finally run out of patience and become frustrated with the analyst's endless search for data.
Scores of 60 or higher on any category indicate a peak or preference for that thinking style.
Scores of 48 or below indicate a valley or relative disregard for that thinking style.
It is possible to have no peaks or valleys, yielding a relatively flat profile that may indicate versatility in thinking styles,
and an ability to adapt one's thinking style to a given situation.
About half of any population would be expected to have a peak in a single thinking style.
35% of people have peaks in two thinking styles,
with the most common combinations being analyst/realist, idealist/analyst, and synthesist/idealist. The rarest combination is synthesist/realist.
Two percent of the general population has a preference for three styles. About 13 percent exhibit relatively flat profiles, with neither peaks nor valleys.
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