Are you looking for ways to improve communication and the flow of ideas with those around you?
There are skills that have the capability to greatly improve your capacity to make objective, effective choices and arguments, and those are critical thinking skills.
Critical thinking is a rich concept that has been developing throughout the past 2,500 years.
The term "critical thinking" has its roots in the mid-late 20th century.
In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.
It entails the examination of those structures or elements of thought implicit in all reasoning: purpose, problem, or question-at-issue; assumptions; concepts; empirical grounding; reasoning leading to conclusions; implications and consequences; objections from alternative viewpoints; and frame of reference.
In a seminal study on critical thinking and education in 1941, Edward Glaser defines critical thinking as follows “The ability to think critically, as conceived in this volume, involves three things: ( 1 ) an attitude of being disposed to consider in a thoughtful way the problems and subjects that come within the range of one's experiences, (2) knowledge of the methods of logical inquiry and reasoning, and (3) some skill in applying those methods.
Critical thinking calls for a persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it and the further conclusions to which it tends.
Without these skills, arguments can often be one-sided.
Criticism can feel like a personal attack on your character rather than an opportunity to open up dialogue and communicate productively.