In the pursuit of the embodiment of critical thinking skills always be mindful of the value and necessity of honesty, wisdom, discernment, and the need to distinguish the truth from the lie.
We naturally believe in our intuitive perceptions - however inaccurate [Denis - I personally believe that intuitive perceptions are vital to critical thinking - providing one possesses the required discernment skills].
Instead of using intellectual standards in thinking, we often use self-centered psychological standards to determine what to believe and what to reject.
Why is it that so many people - including many highly educated and intelligent people - find critical thinking so difficult? Discovering the answers to these questions is crucial to the understanding of what is required to be a true critical thinker, and the reasons you will encounter from those who resist embodying critical thinking skills are often quite complex, and can be both subtle and blatant. While many think developing critical thinking skills are for the beginning philosophy student, they are in fact vital for everyone.
The following list of barriers to critical thinking will help guide you to recognizing the challenges that await you and was compiled from In general - the older one becomes the more well-established and rooted these barriers are in the thought process, and the harder it is to overcome them - they become part of you like a scar. Recognizing and overcoming the barriers to critical thinking listed above is essential in creating and maintaining genuine, honest, and nurturing relationships - developing leadership skills for both family and vocational choices - fulfilling the goals and missions of businesses and organizations - and discovering and achieving purpose and fulfillment in all aspects of one's life.
They are held captive by defective responses and impressions.
One "reacts" to a situation, idea, or challenge, whereas the critical thinker "chooses" the process of thoughtful evaluation - embracing - and embodiment.This article, which I wrote, was an important part of the college course I taught on Critical Thinking - a class I believe to be an essential part of a college experience.I have not changed it for this post - this is what the students read, reflected upon and discussed in class. It not only applies to preparedness planning - but to all aspects of human deliberation. - What is the difference between intelligence and wisdom?Therese Nemec The learner will identify ways to overcome barriers to critical thinking and problem-solving including false memories, personal biases and prejudices, and physical and emotional hindrances. It continues to be even more timely given the issues that we face as a country and as a civilization today.My philosophical background can't help but guide me to the two core aspects of the critical thinking process: freedom and choice.- Viktor Frankl, MD, Ph D 1905 - 1997 Psychologist, Philosopher, Author and Survivor of 4 Nazi Concentration Camps " Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Viktor Frankl As an expanded Cherokee Proverb states so well: What we cultivate and nurture will determine our result and experience.This applies to building a preparedness program and to all aspects of our encounter with life and our perception of reality.Do we choose freedom and being responsible for our choices and the rewards that follow, or are we going to thoughtlessly and recklessly react without engaging in a critical thinking process?As an observer of the current events in our society, it is blatantly obvious that those in positions of leadership and influence -government, commerce, media and education - are suffering from "serious delusion and self-interest syndrome." The polarization, manipulation and deterioration of our society is so insidious and pervasive that I continue to pray and yearn for our citizens, educators and leaders to embrace and embody the skills of critical thinking, truthful evaluation, selflessness and discernment.The lying and deception being imposed upon the people by the government, media and the self-serving has reached epidemic proportions - so many folks are reacting not thinking - fear, selfishness and confusion has robed our populace of the basic fundamentals of thoughtful reasoning.