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Comment author: Voltairina 15 March 2012 05:46:51AM *  1 point [-]

I feel that I start out by thinking sort of in a free-associative manner - a lot of things related to the problem pass through my mind. Then my answers kind of connect together out of the stuff and begin to arrive in a very general sense, like, "I should try making soup", and then get more and more fleshed out with details, and sometimes survive all the way to a full plan, and usually there's more than one answer getting fleshed out. Its usually auditory/verbal or visual or both or sort of like a movie. I might have more than one of these that I'm playing with. I usually get a feeling looking at my own thoughts, when I'm thinking them through / checking them for consistency and arrive at something where there's a problem with it, like, "this is a bad one". Not that I am by any means always logical, or catch every error, or anything like that, just the catching of my own errors feels a lot like hearing someone sing off key in a song or noticing a fruit is unripe or something - I'm not sure I can put it in words but there's a definite feeling to it, like there's a cleft where the thoughts don't connect together like they should.

Comment author: Voltairina 16 March 2012 02:08:30AM 1 point [-]

The weird thing is that now that its been several hours since I wrote this, I'm not even sure if this is how I actually think about things. There is definitely this feeling of visualising the situation and making changes to it, and working from general, kind of like mission statements, to specific plans.