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Emotional Barriers Inhibiting Critical Thinking

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How do barriers and emotion inhibit critical thinking?

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Critical Thinking & Emotions

Emotions inhibit critical thinking. To those familiar with the dynamics of critical thinking, this is almost fact. Critical thinking relies on logical analysis to arrive at the most applicable decision or choice. When we decide through our emotions, logic does not apply - feelings, instead, do. How we feel, how we react emotionally to something (i.e. a new dress or shoes at a shop window) is rooted in our personalities, our socialization. Emotions filter our desires, needs, wants and our thoughts. When we use logic to analyse a situation, logic and reason become that filter and expands ideas and mental capacities/resources. Simply put, when we use emotional cognition when making decisions, the decisions we usually arrive at are limited by how we feel at that time - what we like, what we can tolerate, what we are biased to. This is the opposite of critical thinking. Critical means purposeful thinking, the ...

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