Decisions and the components of critical thinking

Essay by rm2813University, Bachelor's December 2004

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Sigmund Freud once said, "When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature". Decisions are a part of everyday life. We make decisions about everything from what to wear to work to what to make for dinner. Decision-making is a process and within this process is critical thinking. Critical thinking is an important aspect in making decisions. If we do not think critically then most of our decisions will not be well thought through. The most important decision in my life, thus far, was to have a child and making this decision required my husband and me to think critically.

The decision to have a child is a life-long change. Thus, the decision for my husband and me to have a child would change our lives. It was important that our decision to have a child was carefully thought through. We have always wanted to have children, but we knew that doing this would be a big responsibility. My husband and I also wanted to make sure that we had financial stability before starting a family.

My husband and me had to think long and hard about what it would mean to be parents. As parents we also wanted to make sure our actions were consistent with how we wanted to conduct ourselves as parents. We knew that everything our child would learn would come from us. Therefore, as parents we would want to encourage him or her to think their own mind,