Critical Thinking




Criticalthinking can be defined as the intellectual reasoning where a personanalyzes synthesizes and considers all information within a subjectbefore making decisions about an issue. Critical thinking involvesthe ability to take an issue with an objective manner andunderstanding the logical connections of the ideas involved in everycircumstance. While critical thinking involves an extensiveevaluation of the information available about a subject, it doesdoesn`t involve accumulation of information. Instead, criticalthinking involves identification of problems, construction of theoptions around a problem and evaluation of the alternatives, with aview of making the right decision. Critical thinking is theintellectual process of conceptualizing of the factors surrounding aproblem, circumstance, or a problem, and reflecting on the decisionto be made(CriticalThinking Community, 2015).

Criticalthinking involves skillful conceptualization of factors, analyzingthe situation and intellectual evaluation of issues to reach aconclusion. At the same time, critical thinking involves disciplinedthinking that applies an open minded approach that allows a person tobe objective. According to the Community (1)“Criticalthinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts toreason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded way”(CriticalThinking Community, 2015).

Thedisciplined aspect of the thinking is as a result of the ability of aperson to focus on the evaluation of the subjects being thought aboutand focus on the circumstances. This leads to the application ofrationality, without the use of subjective perspectives that limitscritical thinking. Discipline in the thought processes further makesa person engage in a comprehensive analysis of an issue withoutfocusing on other aspects that may limit the critical evaluation ofone the alternatives to a problem (Facione, 2011). This is becausecritical thinking includes a commitment to use reasoning in makingdecisions about an issue or a circumstance.

Criticalthinking, therefore takes time to evaluate the situation, analyze thealternatives and make decisions based on the rational objectives. Asa result, critical thinking makes the decision making process alonger process, but more effective one. However, the criticalthinking process does not necessarily mean that the decision makingprocess will be challenging. This is because the process isobjective, rational and intellectually rational, which makes thedecision reached to be a well thought one (Facione, 2011). The mainpart of the critical thinking process is the ability of the thinkerto acknowledge the situation and consider every decision that is tobe made. This consideration of an issue and evaluation of the outcometends to make the critical thinking process a time consuming orlengthy process (Moore&amp Parker, 2012).

Asa result of the application of critical thinking, people tend to makebetter decisions than when not critically thinking. Most people whoare considered to be successful tend to make better decisions thanthose who are considered to be unsuccessful. This is because theresult of the decisions that people make is the achievements thatpeople make in the future (Facione, 2011). By applying criticalthinking a person makes better decisions and is more likely to besuccessful in whatever he or she does. This is because criticalthinking involves all the aspects of thinking and intellectualevaluation of decisions before making them. Therefore, criticalthinking is good and is worth the practice of a person.


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