The Keys to Becoming a Critical Thinker
Each of us tends to perceive and understand the problems, events, and circumstances of our lives somewhat differently. In fact, we believe that our understanding of reality is built upon the foundations of our perceptions. This is however only one half of the picture.
Our perception of reality is actually built upon the foundations of our filtering mechanisms, which tend to interpret how we perceive the problems, events, and circumstances of our lives as a result of the thoughts, beliefs, habitual behaviors and emotions we tend to cultivate on a daily basis.
Becoming an outstanding critical thinker has more to do with a state-of-mind rather than a specific set of tools, techniques or strategies you have at your disposal. It is this state-of-mind that will help you to overcome the obstacles and challenges you face on a daily basis. Moreover, it is exactly this state-of-mind that will help you pierce through the veil of filters coloring your understanding of reality. As a result, you will be better prepared to deal with the problems, challenges, and obstacles that are impeding your progress as you make your way towards the attainment of your goals and objectives.
Our discussion today will delve into the mind of an outstanding critical thinker. We will first break down the essential qualities of critical thinking, after which we will delve into the critical thinking process and analyze the different types of perspectives that critical thinkers adopt into their everyday thinking routine. And finally, we will explore a variety of questions that are essential to a critical thinker’s habitual thought process as they work their way through a problem.
A Critical Thinker’s Indispensable Traits
Becoming an outstanding critical thinker requires the cultivation of a number of key traits and qualities that will help instill a specific set of habitual thoughts and patterns of behavior that are essential when working through life’s daily problems.
Definition of Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the process of critically judging the validity of information while using a specific set of criteria that help you to better understand your outcomes, thereby enabling you to make better and more educated decisions about the problems confronting your reality.
The better critical thinker you become, the more effective your decisions will become, and the more likely you are to achieve your goals and objectives.
Advantages of Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is an essential habitual thought process that is imperative to cultivate and grow on a daily basis. Without it, we will struggle to make sense of reality. However, with it, we will open new doors of understanding about the events and circumstances of our lives.
Here is a break down of the advantages of critical thought:
Expands Perspective and Possibilities
Critical thinking allows us to see things from unique perspectives that under normal circumstances we might not have been aware of.
By learning to ask the right kinds of questions in order to break down each angle and avenue for new answers, we expand the possibilities of the reality we find ourselves in. With this unique outlook, we are better able to reach new solutions and find the answers that will help us to overcome our problems and challenges.