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What is abstract thinking?

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Abstract thinking is the opposite of 'concrete thinking'. Abstractly thinking means that you are more conceptual and general. In other words, you know that there may be more than one meaning for something. For example, "a cat on the mat": an abstract thinker would know to ask, "is the cat standing, sitting, running etc. over the mat?" whereas a concrete thinker would simply think of a cat just being on a mat somehow.

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