Tips To Improve Your Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a valuable skill to have in your toolbox, honing this skill may help you tackle everyday decisions and excel in your professional life.

Critical thinking is when he/she looks at various view points of a situation and weighs several possible solutions before responding. In society most people rush through decisions and respond from their emotions rather than logic, many businesspeople overlook the importance of critical thinking.

But by gathering all the information to generate solutions and solicit feedback, managers develop better business solutions and help create a more productive workplace.

Critical Thinking Skills Can Help You In The Below Ways

• Understand the relation between ideas.

• Determine the importance and relevance of the argument.

• Recognize, build and appraise the valid points in a discussion.

• Identify inconsistencies and errors in the reasoning.

• Approach problems in a consistent and systematic way.

• Reflect on the justification of their own assumptions, beliefs and values.

Steps To Develop Critical Thinking Skills

The skills that we need to be able to think critically include analysis, reflection, evaluation, observation, interpretation, explanation, problem-solving, inference, and decision making.

What Is Critical Thinking In Simple Words?

• Think about a topic in an objective and critical perspective

• Identify the connection between ideas and work-out whether the evidence provided supports the ideas or not.

• Evaluate a point of view to determine how strong or valid the point is

• Recognize any weaknesses that there are in the evidence or argument

• Notice what implications there might be behind a statement

• Provide structured reasoning and support for an argument that we wish to make.

Formulate your question. Know what you’re looking for specifically. If you’re considering going on a diet, for example, know whether you’re trying to lose weight, have more energy, or just to improve your nutrition. Break things down to their base level.

Gather your information. Now that you know what’s relevant to your problem or decision, research it. Reach out to an expert, read up on the subject, or talk to people who have experience with the same subject matter.

Apply the information. What concepts are at work? What assumptions exist? Is your interpretation of the information logically sound?

Consider the implications. Look beyond the short-term and think about how your decision will shape things in the long-term. Something that will benefit you now may not benefit you in the future. What’s at stake? What can go wrong?

Explore other points of view. By understanding other perspectives, you learn more about the subject. You’re also given an opportunity to reflect on the information you have and how you feel. For example, if you learn why people are against the diet you’re considering, that may affect your decision.

Accept the fact that you’re not always right. It’s okay to make mistakes and no matter who we are, we all make them. However, most of us don’t accept this fact which holds us back from thinking critically.

If you are doing something wrong and repeatedly keep doing it because you have already assumed that you can never go wrong, and then this needs to change for your own good. Always double check solutions to problems consider new options and learn from mistakes.

Concluding Thoughts

Critical thinking is more than just a way of processing, organizing and validating chunks of information, it is, in fact, a lifestyle that we must cultivate and adapt into our habitual patterns of thought and behavior in order to break through the obstacles confronting our lives.

Many of us may very well ignore the critical thinking process and continue to go about our daily lives accepting reality as it appears to be from our limited perspective.

We accept that problems exist; we accept that circumstances will not go our way, and we accept that disappointment awaits us around the corner. This act of acceptance breeds lazy habitual patterns of thinking, acting and decision making that lock us away into a never-changing inflexible world.

We struggle to find answers because we lack the necessary habits of thought that will allow us to expand our understanding and perspective of our circumstances. And as a result, we fail to find the solutions that will awaken our critical thinker from within.

The solution is to begin transforming our perspective through the meticulous process of asking effective questions that will help us to expand our understanding and awareness of our own reality. Cultivate these critical thinking questions, practice them, work through them, and bring them forth into your daily patterns of thinking and behaving, and you will progressively become an outstanding critical thinker.

– Jaswanth vellanki

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