Critical Thinking Reflection
Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
BY TaNesha Green
I have learned a lot about Critical Thinking, I believe that I am now Advanced Critical Thinker. This is the stage when you go above and beyond with your thinking process. It involves more than just Memory and Recall. Advanced thinking requires the learner to use knowledge in some meaningful way--to link learning to prior knowledge, to make comparisons and contrasts, to apply ideas to novel situations, to create some new ways of combining ideas, and to evaluate options.
I have also learned about the Eight-Step Model of Critical Thinking Steps. Recognize the need to improve your Critical Thinking Skills. Use wasted time, everyone waste time the step is basically telling you that the little time you waste ...view middle of the document...
Critical thinking becomes the essence and defining of your existence. Basically, once knowledge is learned don’t go backwards and continue striving and stay focused.
I have also learned different barriers to Critical Thinking. The self-serving bias refers to our tendency to take personal credit for success while blaming outside sources for our failures. Essentially, we tend to believe that our successes are due to internal traits and talents, while our failures are caused by variables outside of our control if you ace an exam, it's because you studied hard. If you failed, on the other hand, it's because the teacher didn't explain the subject properly, or the classroom was too warm, or your roommate kept you up all night before the exam. I can overcome being Self-Serving Bias by taking responsibility for my own actions. We use ego defense to protect from anxiety arising from internal and external threats. They are developed to deal with inner hurt, pain, anger, anxiety, sadness and self-devaluation. They operate on relatively automatic and habitual levels. Denial of Reality: Protecting self from unpleasant reality by refusal to perceive it or face it. Fantasy: Gratifying frustrated desires by imaginary achievements. Repression: Preventing painful or dangerous thoughts from entering consciousness. Rationalization: Attempting to prove that one's behavior is 'rational' and justifiable and thus worthy of self and social approval. As long as an ego structure is used for defense it acts as a barrier against the experience of the Personal Essence. This point brings us closer to understanding what might be the factor contributing to maturity. It has to do with the fact that when ego becomes more developed and rounded it becomes also less defensive. By letting my guard down and opening up to change I can overcome my ego defense.