Think about a situation where your critical thinking abilities would be tested and/or pushed to the limit. For example, even the most skilled critical thinker will surely have a difficult time making a decision in a life-or-death situation. With that said, one's ability to think critically can be greatly affected by influential factors such as their environment or immediate situation.
What about human emotion? Sometimes our emotions do not allow us to think critically. Without question, such a factor can greatly influence critical thinking. What do you think?
Can you think of any other factors that may influence critical thinking?
Although the topic is vast, please allow my own ideas to help:
As you think about situations where your critical thinking abilities would be tested and/or pushed to the limits, you might cite human emotion as a pivotal factor. When thinking about our own empathy and range of human emotions, it is possible for them to blur, challenge, overtake, ...
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