From time to time, most of the things that involve thinking, takes place automatically. Thinking critically helps one to employ conceptualizing, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating tools to deliberately offer more precise conclusions to matters. The following is a description of advice on how to train your mind to think critically.
Pay attention to details that are correct
For one to think critically, you must understand that very tiny details matter. However, not all details are important for consideration; only the correct one’s matter. Many times, we are exposed to a lot of information which bear different opinions and could make one skip the details. It is therefore highly important for people to be able to differentiate between details that matter and ones that do not. In order to ensure that you stick to correct details you should: think about the beneficiaries of the information given, track down the basis of the information and try and find out the statements that are obvious before forming your own opinion.
Ask questions that are basic in the information
Most of the time, we try to complicate information that could easily be interpreted. You don’t have to give very complex explanations, instead, return to the original basic question (what information do already have? How did you get it? What is it that you are trying to demonstrate, prove or criticize? Is there anything you are overlooking?) you had set to guide you through solving a problem.
Keep an eye on qualifying phrases
To think critically does not only mean brain training. It also indicates the ability to train your ear into noticing phrases and words that have the ability to set off some of the warning flags. Because it is not possible to attend to everything, knowing phrases that can help build an argument is very helpful. Some of the phrases that qualify a statement include: Do not take this wrongly, surely, to be frank, honestly speaking, and to say the truth… among many others. Ones you heed to such phrases which signifies untruth or simply truth, you be able to give a critical judgement on the same.
Identify and challenge own biasness
It is hard for individuals to be able to recognize prejudice in their thinking. Naturally we always seem to be very biased about all information whether knowingly or unknowingly. However, critical thinkers have to see beyond such biases. We therefore have to confront our biases to enable us view things from a different perspective. We also have to try and consider perspectives from other people along with advices they choose to give; this will help us defeat our own biases.
Indulge in thorough practice
To become a good critical thinker, you have to daily practice it. So much can be carried out in your own mind, but exercising can shape your brain. This can be done through keeping a journal in which every day you have to note down some observations or opinions. After writing, you can also choose to blog; this will not only help you but also you will help engage others who will challenge you with alternative views.
In conclusion, critical thinking has no end. More cultivation of knowledge means more thinking. More thinking leads to more formation of better arguments and critical solutions to glitches. It is therefore important for everyone to continuously train their mind to think critically.