MGT 350 Thinking Styles Essay, Critical Thinking Class

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Thinking Styles and Decision Making: A Study of Four Different StylesWhat is a Thinking StyleOver the course of this portion of our studies, we have reviewed different contributors to the application of critical thinking in the process of decision making. One specific question which I had was the question of what exactly is a thinking style. After much searching, I found perhaps the best description from the noted psychologist and 2003 President of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Robert Sternberg (Tufts University, 2007). In an article for the Roeper Review, Dr. Sternberg states with his co-author that "Styles are propensities rather than abilities. They are modes of thought that individuals finds comfortable and suitable for themselves" (Sternberg & Grigorenko, 1993, ¶ 9). It can be concluded that the styles one adapts for thinking can not only be chosen, but also developed and applied in different ways for different purposes.

This is relevant when looking at the critical nature of thinking styles in the decision making process. Each thinking style makes its own contribution to the decision, entirely based on the circumstance. Finally, although the text readings for the week only truly portrayed the logical, scientific and persuasive thinking styles (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007), the number of styles are only limited by the adjectives available that describe their main attributes. For the purpose of this paper, I will limit discussion to the assertive thinker, the analytical thinker, the intuitive thinker and the pessimistic thinker found in Training magazine (Whitt, 2006).

Four Thinking StylesAnalysis of the Four StylesThe four thinking styles which I have chosen to expand upon are the assertive, analytical, intuitive and pessimistic. As the name implies, the assertive thinker is a person whom uses his extroverted nature to present the world as they see it, and how it...