3. We do not use or know what “Critical Thinking” is or how to use it in our daily lives.
Please define for me what you believe “Critical Thinking” is?
Critical thinking, in general, refers to higher-order thinking than questions assumptions. It is a way of deciding whether a claim is true, false, or sometimes true and sometimes false, or partly true and partly false. The concept is somewhat contested within the field of education due to the multiple possible meanings. The origins of critical thinking can be traced in Western thought to the Socratic method of Ancient Greece and in the East, to the Buddhist Abhidharma. Critical thinking is an important component of most professions. It is a part of the education process and is increasingly significant as students progress through university to graduate education.
Well, wasn’t that a mindful of gobbledygook!? Are you still confused? Well, let’s break it down for us common folks who have to think daily to make a living.
Critical Thinking is our ability to stay “emotionally detached” from something and have a clear process of how to look at all sides of our current joy, issue, challenge, decision or anything else that is weighing heavily on our minds and to see all aspects of the possible road we may take to solving it, or getting to a place of conclusion, or feeling better about the whole matter at hand.
This isn’t rocket science here. It is a very old way of “Being”.
It is very hard to disconnect that “emotional” piece from us. After all we are emotional beings.
Who do you know who is good a solving things or looking at a situation and remaining utterly calm about the whole thing?
That’s the person you want to be your go to person to help you with something when you are all worked up emotionally. We all need someone who has a cool head when we are whipped up.
What else can you possibly do to develop this valuable skill of Critical Thinking?
Yes, you are right you already are getting the hang of this whole thing in just three blog posts. When we begin to think in terms of what we believe about something and why that is we are truly using critical thinking skills.
When you approach everything in life in this manner you will find that your decisions become faster and your thinking clearer. You will feel yourself gaining confidence and clarity around all your decisions and you will over time find that your decisions will become great and you will have confidence in lift and your ability to make the right decision in every area of your life.
How great is that?!