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Cultivating Critical Thinking: A Vital Skill for the Modern World

"Critical thinking is the cornerstone of informed decision-making. It empowers individuals to dissect information, discern and question truth, and navigate a complex world with clarity and confidence." Michael Corthell Critical thinking is an essential cognitive skill that empowers individuals to evaluate information, make informed decisions, and solve complex problems. In today's fast-paced and information-saturated world, honing this skill is more crucial than ever. This article looks into the heart of what critical thinking entails, dispels common misconceptions, offers strategies for its development, and provides practical applications in contemporary contexts. Understanding Critical Thinking Critical thinking involves a disciplined approach to examining and evaluating information, arguments, and ideas. It goes beyond accepting information at face value, instead prompting individuals to question, analyze, and assess evidence before forming conclusions. This skill r

How to Be Prepared for Criticism

by Michael Corthell Many people cannot bring themselves to take chances in life or business, because they fear the criticism that may follow if they fail. The fear of criticism then becomes stronger than the desire for success. I think all of us have this fear to one degree or another. To some this fear, of what others will say, has been an insurmountable barrier to achieving success and the life they want. ''Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.'' That childhood sing-song idiom that echoes from our childhood may be true, however, the words of a critic always give us pause, because no one enjoys being rejected. Let's look at ways to minimize this instinctual fear. First look at reality.  Many people see things as they really are. But some people see the worst in everything. They of course have a negative mindset. When you are critiqued it may be wise to ''take it from whence it came''. ''

How to Handle Criticism

by Michael Corthell In my series on phobias I found much evidence to support my belief that the fear of poverty was far and away the number one fear for people. But another fear is right up there too, and it is one that will hold you back, and keep you from finding success. It will also cause you endless worry — if you let it. It is the fear of being unjustly(or justly) criticized — having to stand there and hear those judgmental words streaming out of someone’s mouth and then feeling stupid, rejected or even depressed. ''The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.'' – Norman Vincent Peale How to handling it? I'll use myself and how I handle email as an example this time. I get quite a lot of email feedback from the people who read what I write and publish(or re-post). Much of it is positive and supportive. But there is also much criticism, and even nasty or ignorant attacks. It can be