“Of one thing we can be sure: the quality of our life will be determined by the quality of our thinking.” – Edward de Bono
Critically thinking is a process that’s used to investigate and go deeper into an idea, problem or any type of circumstance. It helps you come up with a better and educated understanding of the information. Have you ever heard of the expression “you can’t judge a book by its cover”? It is telling you can’t figure everything out with one glance at its cover. This is exactly why critical thinking is important; you won’t know everything at its appearance.
There are many skills that are involved in critical thinking. The main characteristics that are significant are: rationality, self-awareness, and open-mindedness. When you are being rational, you have to rely on a reason and not an emotion. You also need evidence to back up your reasoning. Self-awareness is when you identify your own beliefs, perspective and knowledge. Being open-minded requires you to think of various possibilities and you must be able to accept new ideas. Don’t think at a small-scale. The bottom-line is that a critical thinker must be willing to accept new ideas, analyze the information and be able to explore any competing evidence.
Becoming a critical thinker takes a lot of skill and practice, but being a critical thinker takes you far in life. Small steps such as: asking lots of questions, gaining more knowledge on the topic and exploring the problem in different point of views will get you started on becoming an outstanding critical thinker. Creativity will bloom in your performance. Your problem solving skills will improve significantly. The questions you come up with will be more challenging to answer. You will open more doors of possibilities and will be able to view information in different perspectives. Critical thinking is an effective foundation to a successful life.
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