How Does Critical Thinking Influence The Way You Process Information?


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Critical thinking is a method of learning how to think for oneself and how to develop one's own independent opinions, all supported by sound reasoning and evidence. It is discovering how to drop the role of the passive student and to become a self reliant theorist and researcher.

Critical thinking is used in all of our important decisions in our daily life. It can affect your academic growth in both school and work and also as an independent being. It is the 'deliberate thinking' that helps us to decide on what to believe and how to act. Critical thinking helps you focus on how to approach a problem and how to choose the best course of action to be taken. The thought process facilitates a way of thinking which help you to address your dilemma from different angles to order to arrive at the best possible solution.

Critical thinking is by no means restricted to academic matters. At certain points in our lives, we face situations in which it is not clear how we should proceed. Critical thinking is considered to be an important trait in academic fields as it allows one to analyze, evaluate, explain, and reorganize their thinking, thus decreasing the risk of acting on impulse, or thinking under a false assumption. However, mistakes can happen, even with knowledge gained through the methods of logical analysis and reasoning. This could be due to one's inability to apply the methods correctly or because of character traits such as ego-centrism.

Critical thinking includes the identification of suggestive elements such as propaganda, bias, prejudice, misinformation, distortion and self-deception. Research in cognitive psychology reveals that some educationalists believe that it would be beneficial to students if schools focused on teaching critical thinking skills and cultivation of intellectual traits.

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