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The 5 Thinking Styles

5 Thinking Positions & Styles


5 Styles Based On the 5 Thinking Positions

“There are 5 sides to every story.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


The Above Table Shows the Common Attitudes Used for Thinking

  • The 5 Thinking Styles are nihilism, pessimism, realism, optimism, and utopianism.

3 Other Examples of The 5 Thinking Positions:


Related Pages


Book Devoted to 5TP

Discovery Demands 5TP


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“Can a man cling to the positive without any negative in contrast to which it is seen to be positive? If he claims to do so he is a rouge or a madman.” —Chung Tzu 

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side–I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry 

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France 

“Let reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every action.” —Ecclesiasticus 38:33 

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius 

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.” —George Bernard Shaw 

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” —Alfred Korzybski 

“To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything, or nothing, about it.” —Olin Miller 

“To say dualism is bad or wrong is the worst kind of dualism.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.” —Eric Hoffer

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