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Critical Thinking Skills

Write a self-reflection essay that answers the following five questions:

- What does critical thinking mean to you? Describe the role that critical thinking plays in your life today. Explain and offer examples of how you might further apply critical thinking in your life.

- Describe an assumption you recently made and that you now feel you should not have made. Please analyze why the assumption was not accurate or was otherwise erroneous. You may employ the concepts of subjective vs. objective reasoning or any other concepts learned in your readings.

- Define and explain a point of view or primary value of a critical thinker you sometimes rely on to guide your thinking. Briefly describe how you personally analyze and assess thinking.

- List three inferences you have made in the past. Is it possible to separate emotions from issues that are heavily based on belief systems such as religious beliefs?

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Critical thinking means identifying problems, and quickly solving them. I feel that if I am able to rank my objectives, I will be able to solve my problems fast. For example, all the objectives are not equally important. It is important to prioritize them and select the most important objectives. To solve problems I must find relevant information. Critical thinking is finding the information, using it systematically, and reaching the right decision. To me, critical thinking also means generating alternative courses of action, evaluating each alternative with relevant information, and selecting the alternative which is best for the situation.

In several cases I am flooded with data. Critical thinking means identifying patterns in the data and making sense of the data. Often a flood of information has to be used for making decisions. Critical thinking is the ability to sieve through raw data, identify patterns of data and make decisions correctly. For example, the sales manager often receives a flood of market demand information. He uses critical thinking to make sense of the information and deploy his sales teams productively. To me, critical thinking means making conclusions and generalizations from data. For example, foreign exchange rate information is received by the CFO of a corporation. He goes through this information and enters into forward contracts to protect the company from risks of foreign exchange rate fluctuation. Critical thinking also means making accurate judgments in day to day decision making. For example, the CEO of a corporation needs to make decisions every day on a host ...

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The response provides you a structured explanation of applying critical reasoning in personal life. It also gives you the relevant references.