Ever tried to answer a synectic question?


Caylin Carter, Contributor

Synectics is defined as a problem solving methodology that stimulates thought processes of which the subject may be unaware. In synectics,  there is no correct answer because it based solely on how you feel and your thinking process. When I was answering the ten questions I realized that I thought a lot about what was more connected to the subject.

For example, when asked whether sunrise or sunset is like a contest I thought about what consist of a sunrise and sunset. In both there are the planets and one going down and one coming up, and there is also time and the clouds. I decided that sunrise was like a contest because one must rise to win. Below are a few more synectic responses of mine.  What do you think? Comment and let me know!


  • Which is like a valentine? The truth or a lie? The truth is like a valentine because they can both be hard to find.
  • Which is happier? Music or art? Music is happier because you can create your own image.
  • Which is braver? A year or an hour? A year is braver because it takes more strength to deal with 365 days than 60 minutes.
  • Which has more pride? An entrance or an exit? An exit has more pride because it’s not about how you start it’s about how you finish.
  • Which is like a contest? A sunrise or an exit? A sunrise is like a contest because one must rise to win,
  • Which is more difficult? A dream or a nightmare? A dream is more difficult because it can be hard to come back to the nightmare of reality.
  • Which is smarter? A clock or a calendar? A calendar is smart because it has more time.
  • Which is wiser? A pen or a pencil? A pen is wiser because it makes no mistakes
  • Which is like a legend? A mirror or a glass? A glass is like a legend because the imprint you leave will be there even when your reflection is gone.
  • Which is more trustworthy? History or literature? History is more trust worthy than literature because it’ll never change.