Essential Critical Thinking Skills

I realizes it’s been waaaay too long since I last posted, having promised a follow up to the previous post on the importance of belief systems. Apologies!

So, instead of reinventing the wheel, let me share a great article on the topic of 10 Essential Critical Thinking Skills from Indeed, the job and career site that connects employers and job-seekers.

In short, the article describes 5 basic critical thinking skills, and then 5 more that expand and deepen the basic skills. These first five are:

  • Observation: The ability to notice and predict opportunities, problems and solutions.
  • Analysis: The gathering, understanding and interpreting of data and other information.
  • Inference: Drawing conclusions based on relevant data, information and personal knowledge and experience.
  • Communication: Sharing and receiving information with others verbally, nonverbally and in writing.
  • Problem solving: The process of gathering, analyzing and communicating information to identify and troubleshoot solutions.
These skills help us clarify what our beliefs are, why we hold them, and give us the skills to modify, adapt, or even abandon beliefs that no longer serve us well. 

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