Seven Reasons To Think Critically

A few days ago Brian Lee made a post about becoming a critical thinker. I decided this would be a great time to elaborate on that idea and present you with seven reasons to think critically. If you’re going to take on a new point of view, you might need a little persuading.

1. Emergency Situations

If you’re going to be involved in a life or death situation, in which you have a limited time to make a decision, you need to take many outcomes into consideration.

2. Happy Spouse

If you want to be in a good relationship, critical thinking may prove to be a better idea compared with snap judgments. Thinking a situation through will have you NOT sleeping on the couch.

3. Keep Your Job

If you want to hold on to your job, you’re going to have to think through various assignments as well as think about not lashing back at your boss. Another alternative is to look into being self-employed.

4. Learning

One of the best learning techniques is to ask yourself questions while learning material. Thinking in such a way helps you to tie information together and have it easily accessable on demand.

5. Fighting

Let’s assume you are in a competition and not getting into trouble. Thinking critically will enable you to out manuever your opponent, instead of relying on brute strength.

6. Planning

When planning major events, such as where you will live, you need to think critically to assess a wide variety of variables. Consider all the major consequences of this decision; commute to work, family, stores, entertainment, crime rate, education, etc.

7. Values

Some people have the belief that their moral and ethical paradigm is the best. Consider reevaluating this paradigm. Don’t wait until the next time someone has to tell you that you’ve messed up. Think critically before you act.

Posted by in Accelerated Learning, Personal Development | April 4, 2007 | Digg | | Stumble | Print | 1 comment

  • Brian Lee

    Those are some great reasons, Alex! My favorite is “Happy Spouse.” You really have to be a critical thinker to tackle that one!