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.
We can break it down by assessing what is being said, and ensuring that we clearly understand what it is that needs to happen.
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.
Foresight is a critical component for success in all aspects of your life.
When you move somewhere, you plan ahead to see what the job outlook is and the safety of a neighborhood.
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 we self-reflect, we are able to observe how we respond to a situation, in our minds and out loud.
Another aspect of becoming a self-critic is acknowledging your strengths, weaknesses, personal preferences and biases.