The Importance Of Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking is an extremely important quality that should be nurtured, refined and actively applied to every decision we make. What Exactly is Critical Thinking? In simple terms, critical thinking may be defined as reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do. A more complete definition by the Critical Thinking Community is: “a mode of thinking, about any subject, content, or problem where the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing reality. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored and self-corrective thinking.” Being critical is like being paranoid—not taking everything you hear or read at face value. Critical thinking creates opportunities for exhaustive analysis, which in turn, leads to well-informed decisions. Why Bother with Critical Thinking? We need critical thinking for practically everything we do—academics, work, and even our personal lives. BAs should be able to hold logical debates from the beginning to the end. We are often required to think and speak quickly within a short frame of time. Our work demands that we hypothesize connections between ideas while thinking on our feet. Thinking the right way, the first time can save a lot of reworking down the line. We must be critical of our own and other people’s ideas. Being critical allows the BA to confirm which requirements are valid. Don’t take what you hear or read at face
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