Critical Thinking can empower you to question your decisions and look at yourself and the people around you in a new, more objective way. Applying this approach to everyday situations can make a considerable difference in your life. Here’s how to benefit from Critical Thinking in your personal and work relationships.
1. Your Family
Mother knows best. Or does she? While parents usually mean well, their outlook on life often differs from your own. This can lead to anything from recurring arguments to a serious family dispute. Critical Thinking can help you analyse difficult family situations more objectively and improve communication among all family members.
2. Your Friends
Like most people, you may have that one friend you had a big fight with and didn’t speak to for a couple of months. Afterwards neither of you remembered what the fight had even been about. Critical Thinking can help you become a better friend. You can learn how to remain level-headed and prevent an argument from escalating.
3. Your Partner
Communication is key in every relationship. Critical Thinking can help you understand your own behaviour and your partner’s reactions. You can learn to better express your needs, improve your understanding of your partner’s point of view and develop emotional intimacy.
4. Your Professor
Are you taking a course but you and the professor just don’t see eye to eye? Critical Thinking can help you spot the fallacies in others’ arguments and improve your own reasoning. You can learn to become more persuasive in your own argumentation and convince your professor of your opinion.
5. Your Boss
At different points in your career you may feel overlooked or treated unfairly by your boss. Critical Thinking can help you find a way to change an unsatisfactory work situation and better communicate with your boss. You can learn how not to take work-related discussions personally and to become more convincing in your own argumentation.
Do you want to learn more about Critical Thinking? Check out our MOOC “Critical Thinking – Reason and Fair Play in Communication”.