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[May. 16th, 2005|02:39 pm]
Lucid Loquacity
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What is the opposite of analytical? I can't think of it. Synonyms I can think of: Reasonable, rational, critical or even maybe thoughtful. Name just one. No. I can't think of it. Oh yes: emotional? But that isn't right either. People can be analytical and have emotions, be emotional and at the same time analytical. The thesaurus doesn't help: "chaotic, uninterested, illogical, irrational, disorganized, illogical, synthetical, unsystematic." None of these are right. My thought is that the thesaurus was written by analytical people. Biased, coldly analytical people. Because what I'm doing is trying to describe someone close to me. Someone whose position I can't reveal, and also, seemingly, cannot describe. She (let us, randomly, choose this sex to represent this person; why not?) is the opposite of analytical. But does that mean she is "uninterested?" What is she uninterested in? Analysis? That may be true by some part of the way. But that is still not the opposite of analytical, that is still not her. Is she irrational? No, she does not walk in front of cars. She does not chose to make decisions any more irrational than I who, far more analytic than she, choses to knowingly, irrationally smoke many cigarettes every day. Is she unsystematic? Who is systematic? A computer. A factory machine, the weather. Compared to them, no human is systematic. How can I not describe her in terms of negatives?
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From: amplimax
2005-05-25 12:43 pm (UTC)
o.O....

way over 10 sentences...

heh someone didn't read the user info
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From: amplimax
2005-05-25 12:44 pm (UTC)
I really, really like this entry, though.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-27 02:47 am (UTC)

found this when looking for the same thing, might help

http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/educatrs/leadrshp/le700.htm

Situations are understood by examining the context, relationships, and their connectedness to other things—not by analyzing their individual parts or properties. Leaders can draw on systems thinking as one approach to make sense of what's going on. In the systems approach, the properties of the parts can be understood only from the perspective of the organization as a whole. Accordingly, systems thinking concentrates not on basic building blocks, but on basic principles of organization. Systems thinking is "contextual," which is the opposite of analytical thinking. Analysis means taking something apart in order to understand it; systems thinking means putting it into the context of the larger whole (Capra, 1996).
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-16 08:43 pm (UTC)
I would say the opposite of analytical is superficial, as in having a concern only for the obvious and surface detail.
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From: bootsinrain
2010-08-17 12:33 pm (UTC)
good call. i think you're mostly right. i would never describe her as superficial but i would say she is unable to think beyond the superficial and unable to make the deep connections between the meaning of things that will allow her to move anywhere in her thinking. she's very static.
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From: bootsinrain
2012-07-13 09:06 pm (UTC)
Good thing I didn't think about "intuitive." I would never have written this. Not exactly, but yeah, intuitive, more or less.
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