March 23, 2015
Critical Thinking Discussion and Summary
Everyone thinks. It is in our nature to do so. However much of our thinking by itself, is biased, distorted or outright prejudiced("The Critical Thinking Society", 2015). The quality of our life and the quality of what we produce or build depends squarely on the quality of our thought process. Poor thinking is costly, both in business and in our quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.
Critical thinking is self-directed, disciplined, monitored and self-corrective thinking. It assumes consent to rigorous standards of excellence(Kompf & Bond,2001). Critical thinking requires adequate communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our indigenous self-centeredness and sociocentrism.
In our professional Careers, we encounter many different styles of problems. When a conflict between employees occurs, being a supervisor means that you will have to use critical thinking to diffuse and resolve the situation. As a student, you may come across a question on an exam that you might not understand. The Student might use their mind to think about the answer or ask the instructor to explain the subject to more thoroughly. We use critical thinking to make decisions that could affect our personal lives(Ennis, Robert,2002). Whatever you decide to do in your life, whether it be to accept a job offer or a marriage proposal, is a choice that people have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Critical thinking, however, is not a matter of collecting information. You can have a good memory and know a lot of facts and not necessarily be efficient with critical thinking. As a critical thinker, you should be able to analyze consequences of what you already know, and knows how to make use of information to solve problems(Facione, Peter A,2011). As a critical thinker, you should also be able to seek relevant sources of information to inform yourself.
There are some people who believe that critical thinking obstructs creativity because critical thinking requires following the rules of logic and rationality(The Critical Thinking Society.2015). However being creative usually requires breaking some rules in the process. The thought of Critical thinking being a hindrance to creativity is a colossal misconception. Critical thinking is broadly compatible