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Critical thinking Is the process of conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing,
and evaluating information gathered by observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or
communication, as a guide to belief and action. When I apply critical thinking more
ideas are develop, fewer mistakes are made and better decisions are reached. Instead of
using critical thinking act on beliefs or without giving it a second thought, the end
results are poor decisions and as a result have a disaster at hand. Critical thinkers are
fair and focused. They are rational and not impulsive while making a decision. Critical
thinkers have high awareness that also plays an important role. Thinking out of the box
has resulted in many great inventions as well ideas. Creative thinkers are modest and
humble. Being modest can make you become a better critical thinker.Thinking critically
in my past life has always became a rise and fall for me, having doubts, being
questionable but at time thinking through and reasoning my doubts and reflecting on
my experiences. Observing and analyzing the negative and eventually evaluating all my
problems and turning it into positive. Basically, all the “I can’t” and “I won’t” gave me
strength to look and think better of myself. I would describe critical thinking evaluating
and researching something. In order to make a clear judgment. I would have never
thought grocery shopping would have been considered as critical thinking until I
watched the video. When I grocery shop I have to consider what my family likes and
things that my family is allergic to.Good characteristics of a good critical thinker are
effective communication, open mindedness, flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, and
problem solving. I work as a phlebotomist a lab. In order to work in a hospital you
have to be flexible. Schedule can change at anytime. There are many barriers to critical
thinking such as resistance, avoidance, anger, denial ignorance, conformity, and
distractions. I sometimes can get easily distracted when it comes to completing my
assignments. Motherly duties, social media, tv , and playing on my phone. sometimes
gets the best of me. So to keep from getting distracted by my phone. I put it on
airplane mode while I study. It's good to know which barriers affect you most. So you
can work on them.I never realized how much critical thinking played a major part in
my everyday life. It is something I do everyday naturally on my own. The videos made
understand more about critical thinking. I know now I need to work more on open
mindedness. Sometimes I can really be blunt. Don't be meaning to cause harm. But at
times I hurt people feelings. That's why it's always to think before I speak. Critical
thinking is important in many ways because it helps us to become better thinkers. One
way people can overcome barriers is by being open to new thoughts from other.
Another way is not by judging a person based on their thoughts and opinions. Knowing
that everyone is entitled to an answer, with no right or wrong answers. Everyone
opinion should matter. I found that in the learning activities very interesting that there
are different stages of cognitive developments that college students can relate to along
with different characteristics of a thinker that me myself can relate to. Also on how it
can effect a person mind and ability to be a critical thinker. I think this critical thinking
course is really going to help to me. Fear of challenge is one that really caught my
eye. Because sometime a person can feel a certain way about something and once they
hear others thoughts on it, it can easily make them change they mind out of fear. Being
a critical thinker you should always stick to how you feel about something because it
pieces of your thoughts could he helpful to someone else. I would define critical
thinking as a combination of skills that we use daily that we need for our full
intellectual and personal development. It's important to learn so not only do we know
what to think, but how to think as well.A critical thinker is effective at communication,
has analytical skills, possesses research and inquiry skills, has flexibility and tolerance
for ambiguity, has open-minded scepticism, creative problem solving, are attentive,
mindful, and curious, and is a collaborative learner.
Barriers many of us face are exactly what you'd expect them to be. Resistance being
one, comes in different types such as anger, avoidance, cliches, denial, ignorance,
conformity, struggling and distractions. Also, narrow mindedness and the inability to see
anything besides your own opinion and thoughts. Absolutism, egocentrism,
anthropocentrism, stress, and ethnocentrism. We can overcome these barriers by learning
and practicing the skills of a critical thinker. A critical thinker to me is someone who
is very observant and not biased because when giving advice or help to a situation
you'll need a very strong minded person intake, Being misunderstood and lacking
knowledge can be a problem when having a conversation with someone who has a hard
time understanding a topic of conversation you know very well about. Critical thinking
is putting your thought and ideas together and analyzing what needs to be done to
make a well thought out conclusion to your thought. Being smart and thought out about
an idea is how you apply critical thinking.Main characteristics of critical thinking are
being thorough about ides, being conscience about the idea and apply the
"who,what,where,why" of the topic .I believe the biggest barrier that people have is
themselves. They get an idea in their heads and that is what they need, want, or must
have. This is not how you approach critical thinking at all, in fact it is the exact
opposite .I found that the "Self-evaluation Questionnaire" was the best activity. Anytime
we can try and analyse how we think and how we approach our thinking process is a
step in the right direction. Being able to answer questions about hope we look at
something and how we put thought into something is good for us to see hoe we
approach the ideas. We can find out a lot about ourselves when we are forced to
answer questions of how we approach an idea or thought. I would define critical
thinking as being open-minded when presented with a situation, issue or statement and
is able to gather the information, use logic, analysis and evaluate then being able to
come up with a conclusion or a plan of action.
Some characteristics of a critical thinker is being an effective communicator; flexible
and have a tolerance for ambiguity; open mindedness; ability to problem solve.
Some common barriers to critical thinking narrow mindedness and resistance. You can
encounter narrow mindedness when you have your own personal experiences that can
block our ability to see another position. Another barrier is of resistance in which there
are several types such as avoidance of seeking information from other sources or
people. Anger comes into play when you have people who are steadfast in there way
and want to persuade another. People can overcome or avoid these barriers by being
open minded and willing to seek other information and positions .I honestly never
realized how very important critical thinking is and not learning these concept can make
getting along with peers, family and relationships very difficult, in fact in some
instances detrimental. According to Boss (2016), some skilled critical thinker
characteristics are:
The ability to demonstrate good analytical skills
Possess effective communication skills and technique
Be well informed and have excellent research skills
Present flexibility and the tolerance to handle ambiguity and uncertainty
Adopt a position of open-minded skepticism
Be a creative problem solver
Be attentive, mindful, and intellectually curious
Engage in collaborative learning
After this week's reading assignment, I can identify numerous common barriers to
critical thinking. According to Boss (2016), resistance is recognized as a common
barrier. Most people do not like to proven wrong or challenged. Resistance, defined as
"the use of immature defense mechanisms that are rigid, impulsive, maladaptive, and
nonanalytical," can act as a barrier to critical thinking. Resistance becomes a problem
when it is used as a habitual way of responding to issues.
There are different types of resistance. Common barriers of resistance are:
Avoidance
Anger
Cliches
Denial
Ignorance
Struggling
Conformity
Distractions
Absolution
Fear of challenge
All of these barriers all have negative consequences and block or hinder one from
developing critical thinking skills. Based on this week's assigned reading, I'd define
critical thinking as the process of trying to analyze your own bias and the bias of
others in relation to information, in order to obtain a clearer understanding of that
information.
Critical thinkers tend to have a healthy level of self esteem, and are usually pretty in
touch with their own thoughts and feelings. This is because of their ability to view
themselves and their actions critically, without the normal cloud of personal bias.I think
fear is the greatest barrier to critical thinking, and it comes in many forms. Fear of
failure, fear of disappointing others, fear of disappointing oneself, fear of not fitting in,
and so on. In many situations, fear can excite people and make them jump to
conclusions, or make them take an unusual thought process. For example, a child afraid
of not fitting in might assume that anyone whispering is gossiping about them, even if
all logic points to it being an unrelated conversation. Critical thinking would tell the
child that the people whispering around the corner aren't talking about them - but fear
presents an obstacle to that critical thinking and sends them down another thought
process.The multi-level analysis of how to properly define critical thinking was a really
enjoyable read for me. It was broken down just enough to be digestible without being
broken down so much as to be unengaging or dry. I would define critical thinking as
the process needed to absorb life around us; in fact the reading this week stated it is a
set of skills needed to live your best intellectually. Without the development of critical
thinking achieving goals can become very difficult. Learning how to think rather than
just what to think will ensure your making the best decisions for you personally. A
critical thinker will be able to problem solve and get past obstacles. The common
characteristic of a critical thinker that is noted in the reading is logic. A critical thinker
will base decisions on evidence and facts rather than emotion. Due to a defense
mechanism, stubbornness, also known as resistance, can become a barrier. Avoidance
was a form of resistance I could relate with. I realized I also lean on some of the
mechanisms in my everyday life. I found it very interesting that I am not as much of a
critical thinker as I thought. The quiz that was included in the reading did bring to
light how much I let emotions affect my choices. I have learned I need to practice on
some of my critical thinking skills. I define critical thinking as something you have a
strong mind set on, you have to think wisely about your decisions. Some characteristics
of a critical thinker are Logic, Opinions, Cognitive Development, Analytical Skills, they
all have they own opinion on critical thinking. The barriers i think that's common to
critical thinking are Absolution and Fear of Challenge, because most people act before
they think, and the things they say or do effect that person they acting on. fear of
challenge some people are scared of they own shadow, some will hide in that shell for
a long time, because they fear what other people might think of them. I have learned a
lot, I mean critical thinking is really a good motivation, I know I use to act before I
think, but I'm way smarter, aware, and wiser, I think before I do anything. Critical
thinking can help solve problems and arguments if you all have the same concept of
the situation, I learn so much in this lesson and psychology listen that I know how to
move, set schedules, and etc. I love the fact i choose to come back to school and
finally can make it through a course. I plan on learning more, I enjoy handling my
priorities. I would define critical thinking as our way of making rational decisions in a
timely manner under some sort of pressure. At some point every day we all use critical
thinking as a skillset, whether it be parenting, school, work, I mean the list goes on.
Thinking critically requires our minds to almost immediately have a solution to a
problem, without fully even understanding the problem at hand and in doing so we
make decisions that are sometimes good and sometimes can be bad but in that moment
not having the time to process we may not consider the outcome.Some characteristics
of a critical thinker include open mindedness, attentive, and even well informed and
flexible. Which I believe all ties together in a way, but can also not tie together so
well. There have been times when I've had an open discussion about my sexuality with
my family I had to remain open minded but wasn't very attentive because in all reality
their opinions meant nothing to me. Those type of conversations with my family always
present themselves which allows me to use critical thinking to get out of the
conversation as quickly as possible. I also have moments when I want to be
irresponsible and purchase some shoes or a bag knowing I have a bill to pay. I'll use
critical thinking to help me make the best decision and it typically helps because I end
up being responsible and paying my bills on time because I'm well informed on why
it's important to not be flexible at times. These are two very different examples of my
understanding of critical thinking.One common barrier of a critical thinker that I know
affects us all is being narrow minded. When we are well informed about something and
someone or something presents us with a counter argument about that something we
tend to hear nothing. I'll give an example, I know if my grandmother sent me to the
store for some collard greens not to come back with a can of pre-cooked collard greens
and she doesn't have to elaborate as to why because I absolutely know that she expects
fresh collard greens. If I get to the store they're sold out of fresh collard greens and
only have pre-cut bagged collard greens and pre-made collard greens in the can. The
fact that I know if I bring home the pre-cooked canned collard greens I'd never hear
the end of it is what makes me narrow minded to that option. So I know to go with
the pre-cut bagged collard greens because they are the closet to what I know my
grandmother is expecting. When she cooks she expects to make everything from scratch
and does not look for short cuts so her narrow mindedness towards those pre-cooked
collard greens rubbed off on me over the years and now I don't care how convenient
the canned collard greens are my mind is going to always eliminate them as an option,
if the store is sold out of fresh collard greens I will check every store until I find them
or go with the pre-cut bagged collard greens (critical thinking). Not sure if in this
situation I can ever overcome this barrier but there is a work around so I guess I have
because the bagged greens are still convenient. I enjoyed the videos the most this week
on critical thinking because there were examples used for the questions that needed to
be answered that helped me with the answers for the discussion which I feel I executed
well. I'm always very critical on my responses because I want to know that I'm
answering the question properly. So that really helped. Based on this week's readings
and activities, I would define critical thinking as a way of reasoning and analysing
daily decisions that affect your life on a daily basis. Some characteristics of a critical
thinker are analysing and flexibility. Being a critical thinker means to analyse every
factor that will lead to a decision. For example, deciding what to wear for work; is it
dress code appropriate? Do I look good? will it keep me warm or cool throughout the
day? Flexibility means to be flexible to the possibilities if your decision. What I see as
a common barrier to critical thinking is Anger. Anger can become a huge barrier,
because when you are angry, you let your emotions take over critical thinking. We tend
to act on those decisions when angry and not think of the consequences that come
after. People might be able to overcome this barrier by just being angry, let the anger
out before making a decision. And after one is more calm, them we can analyze and
decide what we will do. There are certain situations that you may be able to avoid that
might make you angry. All of this first week's learning activities and videos have been
very straightforward and great. I have learned a lot. I knew we used reason to make
decisions but I never thought about it as "critical thinking". Like the example on one of
the videos when Dr. Jackie said that even when we are out buying milk, we are doing
some critical thinking, because we have to decide which milk will suit best for my
family at home. Critical thinking is being able to think with logic instead of opinions or
feelings. It’s defined by “how” to think versus “what” to think. Critical thinking means
you take emotion out of the equation and to think without considering how it will
affect you personally but more so thinking with logic.
Some of the characteristics of being a critical thinking would include being analytical;
being analytical means you are able to take into consideration other peoples
perspectives and dissect fact and fiction. Other characteristics of a critical thinker are
being open minded, being well informed and doing research. Along with being flexible
and having good communication skills.
Common barriers to critical thinking are really our own thoughts and opinions. We
allow negative or cynical thoughts of our own interfere with logic. Considering most
people hate to be wrong or proven wrong there is a level of humility that comes with
letting go of the thoughts you have and truly hearing someone else out as well as
analyzing the situation and making sound thoughts and decisions on facts not ideas.
The most interesting learning I had this week was on the three stages of critical
thinking and how that becomes more relevant on age and experience. How we can be
“trained” to think a certain way or due to lack of life experiences we tend to be more
vulnerable to scams or making rash decisions because they seem enticing instead of
logical. I am still interested in digging deeper into developing a life plan and to sharpen
up my self-awareness. Critical thinking is a life skill that a person learns from either an
example set by them or adversities a person has been through and has given them the
experience needed to be a great critical thinker. I would describe someone that is a
critical thinker based on the persons attitude, character, and willingness to never give
up. Common barriers in critical thinking could be fear of the unknown, lack of desire
to problem solve, and no life experience or depending on someone else to fix the
persons problems. The best way to improve your critical thinking skill is facing your
fears and deciding. If a person does not decide, then they will never experience the
satisfaction of knowing they made a difference in their own life. This week I enjoyed
the videos and questions that followed along as you watched. The questions were
challenging and made me think critically while answering the questions. Critical
thinking is defined as the evaluation and analysis of an issue or situation that will allow
you to form a judgement when making a decision. Some characteristics of a critical
thinker are flexibility, open-minded, communication, creative, good problem solver. The
example used for flexibility was if your boss asks you to attend a last minute meeting
or complete a last minute project, you'll need to know how to move your schedule
around in order to make it work. Not only for your boss but yourself, as you'll still
need to meet your prior engagements and complete what you already had on your
schedule. Some of the common barriers to critical thinking are distractions, avoidance,
denial and anger. I personally run into this situation at work. I like to plan my day and
know what I need to do when I get to work but my boss will have a different agenda.
I learned to not get upset and just move my schedule around by prioritizing. Things
that I learned was that critical thinking is self-directed, self- monitored and self-
disciplined. I learned that it's a complex and lifelong skill that we will continue to
develop in. Critical thinking to me is using some or all of the skills you have to
accomplish any goal or solve any problem. I think it's very important to be a good
critical thinker or to work on becoming one. Some characteristics of being a good
critical thinker are, effective communication, flexibility and tolerance, problem solving
etc. but I think the most important one is being open minded. Being openminded is
very important for critical thinking because you're able to see others points of view and
accept the fact you can be wrong. Some barriers to critical thinking are, resistance,
avoidance, anger and a few more but to me the one that stand out the most is
conformity. I feel as though in a work place or even educational, like group projects
conformity can be a huge problem. If a majority of the group is set on one idea or
solution it may be hard for them to see any other options. If everyone were
openminded this probably wouldn't happen.
My favorite activity from this week was the video about barriers to critical thinking and
how tot avoid them. I really valued this because it showed me so many things I need
to work on. Now that I know how to become a good critical thinker I can start taking
the steps to get there. In my own words critical thinking is when you come across a
situation and come up with multiple answers. Critical thinking is a way of being open
minded and allows you to tackle situations in many different ways without struggling
with just one answer. The most important characteristic for a critical thinker is being
open minded. The reason being is that when you are open minded your options are
limitless which will help you make a decision regardless of the situation. Being
confident is another important one as well because the confidence you have towards
any situation will be less stressful and more than likely you will come out successful in
the end. Some barriers one might face is confidence and being narrow minded. Majority
of people do not have high confidence because they are scared to fail and leave their
comfort zone which leads into being narrow minded. To overcome low confidence and
being narrow minded you have to open your mind to new options which will boost
your confidence in situations and help explore your options and knowledge. Critical
thinking is an accumulation of skills and a process of thinking in a way that allows a
person to make rationale and unbiased decisions. Critical thinking to me is the removal
of ego when confronting a problem. This form of thinking is not reserved for complex
issues only. People use critical thinking in everyday life. Doing things such as clothes
shopping, picking a college, and relocating all require a certain degree of critical
thinking.
Critical thinkers tend to be open-minded, flexible, and be effective communicators.
These traits are vital in order to be able to think outside of a persons own agendas,
beliefs and biases. Some barriers people can face when trying to use critical thinking
are at the opposite end of the characteristics I just named. So a person may be more
narrow-minded, less flexible, and lack good communication skills. A way to overcome
these barriers could be to self-evaluate and look outside of your social circles.
Communicating with people who have different opinions and beliefs is a useful and
powerful thing. We should not narrow our reality to people who reinforce our own
ideas. Echo chambers can make us ignorant or unaware of the complexity of certain
issues. A good way to become a better critical thinker is to expand your social
circle.The TED talk by Margaret Heffernan was absolutely beautiful. I love the
relationship she described between Scientist and Statistician. How someone who is
trying to disprove another persons work can actual flourish a type of admiration and
respect as opposed to hate or animosity. I also love the message at the end. Daring to
speak up. Most times people have the same thoughts, concerns and worries. As far as
any concerns or confusion regarding the materials this week. I do not have any.
Everything was easy to comprehend and access. Critical thinking also means you know
how to analyze a situation from a different point of view rather than being completely
biased to facts. there are many characteristics to a critical thinker, two of my personal
favorites is observation and determining relevance of sources. observation is more than
just listening in on the conversation, it is also looking at the facts and where those
facts came from. it also requires a personal outlook on what is going on in a situation
and is a trait that is utilized in more than just critical thinking. which ties into
determining the relevance, finding out if this information that is given is trustworthy
and can be used as an undoubtable fact. you would trust a doctor more than the people
around you to give you a medical diagnosis on symptoms you may have for an illness.
one barrier that i know any critical thinker has is overthinking. while one can analyze
facts and discern what is relative and what is biased, a critical thinker may struggle
with finding these facts and using them correctly. another barrier is emotional thinking,
while even though you may want to change your mind based on facts that are given, if
you hold onto a belief or an opinion so heartedly you may encounter the denial of
facts. one thing that has confused me so far is the stages of a students cognitive
development in the learning assignment, while there are obvious stages to each student
I did find that many of each stage has even applied to me leading me to question
which stage I am in for my cognitive development. Even though there was a "rate
yourself" questionnaire that helped guide me I am still a little lost on how relevant it is
to me as an individual. Critical thinking is the collective abilities to communicate and
act on what is ethically and morally the right decision to make in difficult situations.
Critical thinkers must be confident, open minded, outspoken, and unafraid to challenge
authority or to be challenged on their point of view. The barriers that are most common
are narrow mindedness and anger. People need to free their mind to see other people
perspective, that their own way of doing things or decisions is not the only correct
action. People’s emotions can make them make the wrong decision. People can
consciously decide not to make important decision when they are anger. People have
the ability to wait to make a right decision when they are calm and collective. The
videos were more interesting activity than reading the chapter on critical thinking. I
learn better with visual aid than just reading information out of a textbook. The videos
quickly and simply explained the concepts we are learning this week. I thought
Milgram’s study of obedience was interesting, that most of the test subjects were still
willing to inflict pain on a person, just because an authoritative figure was telling them
to do it. People are conforming without even knowing that they are doing it. I would
define critical thinking as one's ability to analyze and sort through a series of scenarios
or suggestions before making a decision about something. To me critical thinking is
like having a machine mind. You out weigh the pros and the cons before making a
decision about a thought that came to mind. A critical thinker is a person who is not
biased. A person who thinks about other people's opinions and ideas is a critical
thinker. Knowing that you will not always be right and that it's okay to be wrong
defines a critical thinker also. For me I'm always believing that I'm right about any
given situation well that was in the past. That's a big barrier when it comes to critical
thinking though. If you always believe that you are right you automatically become
closed-minded and narrow-minded and that's not a good look. To avoid looking like a
know-it-all it's best to just be quiet and think before responding. Making sure that when
you do respond you are taking into consideration the thoughts and ideas of others.
Critical thinking is the ability to think through the problems of life and deal with them
in a logical way. Critical thinking gives us the tools to resolve the issues in our lives.
Opinions are ours, to be sure, but it takes one to look at what we believe is true, and
not something that is somewhat true. Some of the characteristics of a good critical
thinker are: a good analyzer, a good effective communicator and a good researcher are
all helpful in being a good critical thinker. In being an effective communicator also
involves being a good listener. And listening is half the battle to understanding the
problem. The common barriers to critical thinking are many. You have Resistance, as
well as, Narrow Mind-ness to mention a couple. How do people work around these
things, Well, that is the $64,000 dollar question isn't it. People need to sit down and
work through these problems in a critical-thinking way. People need to research the
problem and get the right facts before they move forward. They can not rely on simple
opinions without the value of the proper research to help them to the right conclusion.
Looking at what we had to learn this week. I really enjoyed the videos that were
presented to us. They were informative in a good way. The reading was informative,
but was long. I thinks overall the presentations were great. Critical thinking is learning
how to think rather than what to think. Critical thinking provides us with the tools to
identify and resolve issues. Some characteristics of a critical thinker is analytical skills,
effective communications, being open-minded, and creative thinking to name a few. I
believe some common barriers to critical thinking is being biased, misunderstanding,
also having a selective perception. People can overcome these barriers by just doing the
complete opposite meaning not being biased or having a selective perception versus
being those ways. Being biased is a really big barrier to critical thinking in my opinion
because it prevents people from even trying to see other sides of things or the potential.
I believe that all the concepts i have learned is interesting. The activity and readings
definitely helped me understand how important being a critical thinker is and why it is
so important. Being a critical thinker will help you in your academic life as well as
your personal life. It is a very important skill that we all should learn. I would define
critical thinking as common sense. You use critical thinking daily when in your home.
When you are at the grocery store, or at work.
Characteristics of a critical thinker are the way someone communicates either verbally
or non-verbally. The speaker is clear when communicating a thought or need making
the receiver understanding what the goal is.
Barriers to critical thinking are co-workers that are angry and avoid job duties that are
critical they complete. People that can not see past what they want causes barriers to
see the big picture. People that are open minded can overcome barriers once they see
the good in it. Using listening skills can also help you understand and remove barriers.
The learning activities from this week were eye opening. I never really gave it much
thought that critical thinking was used making a grocery decision or that we used
verbal and non-verbal communication during critical thinking. Knowing that someone
that is a critical thinker needs clarity, flexibility, open mindness, problem solving skills
and tolerance was something that I don't think you gave much thought about it is just
something that we do. The one that has me still asking questions is Logical Falicies
although this seems like it would involve a critical thinker, its also falls under
resistance. I would define critical thinking as an evaluation in decision-making utilizing
one's intellectual abilities and analyzation. A critical thinker is someone that can
properly make decisions and learn to overcome barriers in that process. Some barriers
that critical thinkers, or anyone, make can include bias. Everyone has an opinion
whenever it comes to just about anything, but whenever a decision needs to be made,
sometimes it can be difficult to make a decision with the presence of bias. A critical
thinker is someone that opens their mind and may try and explore other options to
overcome that resistance.The most important thing that I will be taking away from this
week's learning activities are the barriers that may restrict someone from thinking
critically. I think that in any situation it is important to acknowledge barriers of any
sort and try to work through them. This can range from the smallest decisions, to big
life decisions like moving across the country. Practicing this skill can make it easier
over time to think more critically quicker and more effectively. I would define critical
thinking basically as the ability to think for yourself in order to come to a viable
solution or judgment in regards to whatever issue may be at hand. Critical thinkers are
open minded people, they are effective communicators, they are flexible and have
problem solving abilities. Some things that could be considered barriers to critical
thinking, that is characteristics or ways of thinking that hinder the critical thinking
process, are things such as narrow mindedness, conformity, and even pride. Barriers to
critical thinking can be overcome by being willing to do the research, ask the next
question; for instance asking then what, why or what next? Of course, you have to be
able to get over the laziness hurdle in order to do the research or ask the questions.
You have to be willing to go all the way to the root of the problem in order to most
effectively work through it. The most interesting thing I relearned this week was the
characteristics that were common among critical thinkers, the different barriers to
critical thinking. I enjoyed the videos that were in the learning activities this week.
Everyone, as critical thinkers, one of the first things we must do is to recognize and
remove the barriers in our thinking. This is not pleasant to do! Suddenly, we are asked
to look at ourselves under a critical microscope. We may have always thought of
ourselves as open-minded. Yet, most of us really are not. While we may be very
accepting of some lines of thought, we are closed to other lines. Recognizing and
removing barriers will not be easy; however, it is quite worth the effort! Once we begin
to recognize our barriers, we can take steps to remove them. I do understand that it can
be difficult to set aside emotion, biases, and personal opinions about topics; however, if
you are intentional with developing your critical thinking skills, setting aside emotions,
biases, and opinions will be easy to do. The first step is to recognize when you are
thinking about something and those elements are present. Gathering credible information
can also help with being objective and is, of course, necessary in critical thinking.