Critical Thinking – Barriers to Critical Thinking
University of Phoenix
This assignment is to identify three barriers to the critical thinking process. All three that that were chosen have one thing in common. Emotion. Our emotions can play against us in many instances. If we let our emotions take over when it is decision time or even in every day debate we are sure lose focus and falter on our goal. The barriers that the writer will discuss are anger, stress, and worry.
The first barrier to our critical thinking is anger. There are many reasons that a person could become angry or upset dealing with day to day decision making and just plain regular interaction with ...view middle of the document...
One other thing to remember is to try to stay away from touchy topics such as religion and politics.
The second barrier to our critical thinking process is stress. If we are under too much unhealthy stress, we might lose sight of our priorities. There is good stress and bad stress. We need a bit of stress in our lives to keep us on our toes. However, we need to manage the stress to keep it at healthy levels. Depending on a persons’ personality, too much stress or unmanaged stress can lead to giving up or losing sight of their goals. A good way to manage stress as a working student is to never wait to the last minute to complete assignments. If you are stressed about an assignment, just go ahead and knock it out so to speak. Another proven method of dealing with stress exercise.
Lastly, the third barrier to our critical thinking process is worrying too much. If we always have something that we are worried about in the back of our mind, we cannot focus on the things we need to do to meet our personal and professional goals. It is a great idea when we are worried to take a step back to formulate a plan of action to change the worrisome things that we can. As far as the things we cannot change, then we need to accept that as fact and try to let it go. Critical thinking is also healthy thinking.
In summary, in order to consistently think critically and clearly, we need to control our emotions. There are many factors that trigger emotions and many can be circumvented by preparation, being proactive in our school or work assignments and not jumping into things without examining every angle. So think clearly. Think Critically!