Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking is a very important part of every day life. Critical thinking is used while making decisions at home, at work, and in many daily situations and activities. Using critical thinking enables people to open many different doors to many different situations. Critical thinking is a very in-depth form of brain storming. First, a person or group of people must identify what the purpose of such an exercise is. Whether it is to solve a problem, to form a process, or to include new concepts into an existing process, critical thinking enables everyone to think outside the box. The Critical Thinking Community (2007) stated, "Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action," (para. 1).The Wikipedia (2007) stated, "Critical thinking is useful only in those situations where human beings need to solve problems, make decisions, or decide in a reasonable and reflective way what to believe or what to do.

That is, just about everywhere and all the time," (para. 10). Critical thinking can help to improve a person's performance personally, academically and professionally by learning to understand the views and ideas of others. It is important for people to be able to identify with their peers in order to form solidarity and a stronger sense of self-confidence. Learning to not only listen to others, but to really hear what they have to say, and why they feel that way, is all part of critical thinking. If a person is able to put them self in someone else's shoes, they are able to understand that person on a deeper level. Understanding is a large part of critical thinking, as is being able...