Shallow thinkers rarely think beyond the obvious. They take information at face value. A shallow thinker just looks at first-order consequences.
A deep thinker, on the other hand, looks at the whole chain of effects, impacts, and outcomes.
Shallow thinkers are incapable, and sometimes too lazy, to look at all sides of an issue or to explore the issues deeply before making judgment or decision. Shallow thinkers usually strongly believe they are right.
They also believe they have depth behind their opinion, because they believe their opinion is also based on the truth and indisputable facts.
When you dig deeper, you understand better.
You compare different outcomes. You analyze, dissect and make informed judgement based on different mental models.
A shallow thinker solves one problem with one known solution.
A deep thinker approaches multiple problems from different angles.
Aristotle once said,
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
If you consistently look for opinions that support your views, you may feel better about yourself in the short-term, but your actions will have long-term negative effects that could impact a lot of people close to you.
Shallow thinkers cling desperately to their own way of thinking.
They refuse to better themselves, or consider other thinking models, opinions, arguments, principles, frameworks, and patterns that question their perceptions about life and living it.