Wednesday, September 24, 2014
YOUR LIFE A-Z: THINK
Learning to THINK and THINK for oneself is not something that is taught at a critical level until high school or college. THINKING is something that should be taught from the time we become verbal. There are two main types of THINKING, analytical and critical. Analytical THINKING explores the cause and effect of something by looking at it through multiple perspectives or lenses. Critical THINKING is evaluative THINKING about information. When you are hearing information about a political or religious position it is important to THINK about what you are hearing and deciding for yourself how to interpret the information. People of power such as politicians and religious institutions or for that matter the advertising industry present information with a bias for his/her own benefit. A critical THINKER has to learn to ask important questions like: who, where, when, what, why, and how. Who is going to benefit and how? Who will be hurt and how? Why will the budget benefit or be cut? Where is the evidence supporting the information? THINK. Always THINK. THINK about your budget, your health, your relationship, and your position on important issues. When presented with new information or ideas re-THINK your position. Learn to be flexible. Learn to THINK ahead. Learn to THINK and analyze situations before making major decisions or little ones for that matter. For instance, if you stop buying impulsively, how much money will you save for a vacation? THINK before you act or speak. THINK things all the way through from the beginning to the end.