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60 Examples of Cognitive Strengths

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Cognitive strengths are abilities, talents and character strengths related to modes of thinking. It is perhaps common for people to have cognitive strengths in one area and weaknesses in others. For example, an unusually systematic thinker who is great at analysis but isn't particularly open, social or creative. The following are common examples of cognitive strengths.
Analytical Thinking
Artistic Sense
Big Picture Thinking
Cognitive Presence
Communication Strengths
Concentration
Conceptual Understanding
Confidence
Counterfactual Thinking
Creative Thinking
Critical Thinking
Cultural Competence
Curiosity
Data Analysis
Decision Making
Design Sense
Design Thinking
Detail-Oriented Thinking
Emotional Intelligence
Empathy
Ethical Awareness
Flexible Thinking
Focus
General Intelligence
Grit
Imagination
Inference
Intuition
Inventiveness
Knowledge
Language Strengths
Logical
Long-Term Memory
Mathematical Reasoning
Mindfulness
Multitasking
Observant
Playfulness
Pragmatic Thinking
Problem Solving
Rational Thinking
Scientific Reasoning
Selective Attention
Self-awareness
Self-regulation
Sense of Humor
Situational Awareness
Social Cognition
Spatial Reasoning
Spiritual Awareness
Strategic Thinking
Sustained Attention
Systems Thinking
Tacit Knowledge
Thinking Under Pressure
Tolerance for Ambiguity
Visual Thinking
Win-win Thinking
Wit
Working Memory

Critical Thinking

In practice, the term critical thinking is used as a catch-all for cognitive strengths that are beneficial to academic pursuits. This includes analysis, questioning assumptions, hypothesis formation and other thinking processes that are rational and disciplined.

Social Thinking

Cognitive strengths that are beneficial to social processes such as collaboration, relationship building and influencing. This includes general social perceptiveness, social skills and specific cultural capital such as being able to speak a language well.

Creative Thinking

The ability to tackle open-ended problems where there is much difference in value from one solution to the next. This requires a rare mix of inspired originality and a pragmatic sense for what will be valuable in the real world.

Summary

Cognitive strengths are abilities, talents and character traits that are beneficial to modes of thinking. This can include abilities such as mathematical reasoning, talents such as languages, knowledge such as industry experience and character traits such as openness.
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