Critical thinking is the process in which one challenges their emotional, self-centered way of thinking. It causes one to test his or her own assumptions and question their reasoning. Critical thinking is the process in which one mentally explores deeper than the superficial matters at hand into the deeper layers in order to find out what the real issues are. Successful critical thinking is a process that allows one to creatively problem solve and open his or her mind to new ways of thinking by learning to overcome the personal barriers that exist.
Logic and PerceptionThe Encarta World English Dictionary defines logic as, ÃÂÃÂsensible rational thought and argument rather than ideas that are influenced by emotion or whim.ÃÂÃÂ Logic is rooted in reason. Facts and finite realities play a role in reaching a logical conclusion. Logic requires an unbiased view. Perception is rooted in oneÃÂÃÂs senses and therefore can be easily influenced or corrupted.
Perception is not reality; it is the view that one creates based on his or her own experiences.
Realization of Personal Barriers to Critical ThinkingWorking in a group home offers frequent opportunities to discover the barriers that exist to thinking critically. There are those barriers that cannot be changed but once identified can be assets instead of barriers. This writer cannot hide from the fact that she is a middle-aged Caucasian woman who was raised in a traditional family setting. No amount of experience can change the instinctive reactions that persist due to that upbringing. However, experience can teach one to think in different ways and change his or her individual perceptions.
The concept of gratitude comes to mind. Culturally this writer was taught that one gives gratitude freely. Saying please and thank you were drilled into childrenÃÂÃÂs heads until it was as natural as breathing.