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5 Keys in Developing Critical Thinking

There are skills that have the capability to improve your capacity to make objective, effective choices arguments, those are critical thinking skills. Without these skills, arguments can often be one-sided. Let’s take a look at how to develop critical thinking skills.

Become a self-critic

Becoming a self-critic is acknowledging strengths, weaknesses, personal preferences and biases. Approaching certain situations from a specific perspective, and then enable to step around that viewpoint.

Become a Good Listener

Becoming a critical thinker related to be a good listener. Such as being able to listen to others’ ideas, opinions, arguments, and criticisms without thinking of your response or reaction while others are speaking.

Adjust Your Perspective

Expose your mind to other ways of thinking, instead of sticking to one favored news source, read a little more widely. Pick up books by authors outside your culture. All of these actions make you a better thinker.

Analyzing Information

In order to be successful, analyzing the information before us is important, whether it is information in our mind or being shared by others. Try to break it down by assessing what is being said, and ensuring that we clearly understand what it is that needs to happen.

Developing foresight

The ability to predict the future impact of a decision is foresight. Foresight is a critical component for success in all aspects. For example, if you are moving a business, it is wise to examine the impact of that decision.


Developing your critical-thinking skills is fundamental to your success. To develop critical thinking, it requires you the ability to actively listen to others, to assess, dissect and appraise arguments, and to separate intense emotions from the topic at hand.

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