Critical thinking is defined as skillful thinking that involves applying reasoning and logic to ideas you find, opinions you form and situations you experience.It is the ability to think about things from all angles. It involves considering factors, such as, what we know and how we know things including what else may be known. Enabling to assess situations open-mindedly, it leads one to be cognizant. Offering tools such as doubt, uncertainty and disbelief, it allows one to analyze various involving factors differentiating between facts and opinions. It’s thus developing critical thinking skills aids one greatly in effective decision making process.There are so many benefits of thinking critically. Some of them are mentioned herein.
The way one thinks influences the quality of decision making process. There is a need for improving critical thinking skills so as to get desired results. Critical thinking entails open-minded approach towards existing situations or problems. If one considers things in an open minded way, one can allow oneself to find more ideas or thoughts. Generating ideas and considering various options, one can apply the best suited option to the problem in order to overcome or solve it. It thus thinking critically one can be an open minded person.
Making an apposite decision requires significant thought, which can be possible by way of thinkingcritically. Since the process of critical thinking involves analyzing what is before you by segregating opinions and facts, you can reach a consensus for making effective decision.
Critical thinking develops fair-mindedness. It increases your perceptual abilities to view world not by being overly self focused, but by putting yourself in others’ shoes. Thus, the ability of making judgments without any discrimination or dishonesty is one of the important characteristics of critical thinking to benefit a critical thinker.
Critical thinking must be regarded as a valuable process. It aids you greatly to think rationally allowing you to deal with emotional imbalance effectively. You can acknowledge your motives and goals. Being rational demands setting realistic goals and working accordingly. It thus strengthening your objective approach, leads you to achieve success while conquering associated problems.
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (PhD-Management)
Module 1 - Leadership and Management ILM – UK
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