Abstract thinking is the ability to imagine other perspectives or alternatives. It includes the ability to explore several solutions to a problem, think about the future, imagine "what if," and understand that some things may symbolize or stand for other things (metaphors).
Abstract thinking usually begins in the early to middle teen years (about 12 to 14 years of age).
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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