5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos

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Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us.

Some are small and unimportant,

but others have a larger impact on our lives.

For example, which politician should I vote for?

Should I try the latest diet craze?

Or will email make me a millionaire?

We're bombarded with so many decisions

that it's impossible to make a perfect choice every time.

But there are many ways to improve our chances,

and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking.

This is a way of approaching a question

that allows us to carefully deconstruct a situation,

reveal its hidden issues, such as bias and manipulation,

and make the best decision.

If the critical part sounds negative that's because in a way it is.

Rather than choosing an answer because it feels right,

a person who uses critical thinking

subjects all available options to scrutiny and skepticism.

Using the tools at their disposal,

they'll eliminate everything but the most useful and reliable information.

There are many different ways of approaching critical thinking,