Is there a particular word/phrase to describe a person who views things differently in a positive way? Or looks for new ways to describe a situation

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A lateral thinker, perhaps?

lateral thinking - noun [ U ]

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Cambridge Dictionary

  • It's up to you, but I wouldn't accept answers immediately (unless it is exactly the answer you were looking for). Doing so may discourage others from posting their answers. You never know -- you might get a better one. Give it 24 hours is the general recommendation.
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 21:47

The person hears (or marches to the beat of) a different drummer.


Innovator, rebel, revolutionary, free-thinker, non-conformist, iconoclast, radical -- all can be positive in the right context.

For example, Steve Jobs was referred to as all of these, at various times in his life (and after his death).

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