Steps In Critical Thinking Process
Criticism can feel like a personal attack on your character rather than an opportunity to open up dialogue and communicate productively.8 Ways to Master the Art of Communication Let’s take a look at how to develop critical thinking skills so that you can walk into any situation with the tools needed to set intense emotions aside and make insightful decisions.
Then we can dissect and appraise all arguments, including our own, and think about how the decisions would impact others, as well as the bottom line.The very first and most important step for developing critical thinking skills is becoming a critic of your own thoughts and actions. You can break down your own thoughts by asking yourself why you believe something.When you do this, you need to clarify your thoughts by assessing this information objectively and finding a solid logic to what you believe, rather than just a muddled idea.When listening and analyzing different arguments, you first need the ability to recognize valid logic.Then you need to be able to communicate with other people in a productive way.When we can step back and analyze an argument, it allows us to approach it from an objective viewpoint.Critical thinking isn’t much help if you can’t communicate in a nonviolent, productive way.To become a critical thinker, you need to be able to listen to others’ ideas, arguments and criticisms without thinking of your response or reaction while they are speaking.You can’t properly absorb the information someone is trying to convey to you if you don’t take the time to truly listen. We hear someone else’s story, struggles, ideas, successes and passions, and how they reached them.It requires the ability to actively listen to others, to assess, dissect and appraise arguments, and to separate intense emotions from the topic at hand.Sam Milam is a freelance writer hailing from the Pacific Northwest.