Studies show that critical thinking leads to increased creativity, enhanced work performance, and a lowering of negative life experiences.1 And these are just some of the benefits of critical thinking.
Aristotle said it well: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
What Exactly Is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking covers a wide variety of thought processes. To help you understand what critical thinking is, take a look at the list below:
- Problem solving.
These traits are common forms of critical thinking.
As an example, imagine that you were seeking a new job or career, and had just started to look at advertised vacancies. In order to choose the most suitable vacancies, you would spend time looking at where the jobs were based, what skills and experience were required, and how much the roles were paying.
All the above actions would be classed as critical thinking. You used analysis, evaluation and (most likely) questioning.
As a further example of critical thinking, consider the way that attorneys work. Firstly, they examine the evidence. Then, they use critical thinking in order to create a plan to win their case (or to settle out of court).
What Are the Recognizable Signs of Critical Thinkers?
Now that you understand what critical thinking is about, I’m sure you’re curious to know how to recognize the signs of critical thinkers.
Let’s take a look…
One major giveaway of critical thinkers is the fact that they tend to be highly successful. This success can be academic, personal or professional. But you can be sure, that whenever you see people achieving big results – they’ll definitely be critical thinkers.
Here are some further signs of critical thinkers:
- They are creative, innovative individuals.
- They are fascinated by how things work.
- They get their news and views from a wide variety of sources.
- They are always asking questions.
- They have levelheaded conversations with people they disagree with.
Critical thinkers are successful in life because they are able to analyze issues from different perspectives. This allows them to come up with (and decide) on the best solutions.
If you’re failing to reach your goals in life – then you should definitely begin boosting your critical-thinking skills.