Critical Thinking

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Everywhere you look, someone or something has a different definition for critical thinking. One thing that is for sure is that critical thinking is a very complex procedure that requires asking yourself a set of interrelated questions to follow the main question or subject. Critical thinking allows people to understand difficult concepts in a manner that is clearer and more defined. People can more easily understand the concepts of a situation if they utilize their critical thinking skills.

Critical thinking has two major components, first is the set of information, belief generating and processing skills and the second is the habit of using those skills to guide behavior. In order to use these skills you may want to consider some different elements of reasoning such as what is the purpose, what is the problem, what are the implications and consequences and are there objections from alternative viewpoints (Scriven, M, 2008)? Utilizing these elements of reasoning and the components of critical thinking can help people to solve problems and make decisions.

A good critical thinker will know how to use facts and information to solve their problems and will be comfortable in making decisions that will impact their life.

About a year ago, I was in a temporary position as the Superintendents Secretary. I was offered this position by the superintendent and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to learn new skills that could help me to advance in my job. I worked for her for about 6 months before I realized that we were not a good fit. I was miserable in this position and I didn’t know how to fix it. I had tried talking to my supervisor about setting up an appointment with her so we could talk and she kept putting me off. I needed...