What Is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is a thought process that can allow you to see the world and your experiences in a new light. Critical thinking is an important skill that can be difficult, but it is one that can be learned and developed over time.

Critical thinking is a way of processing information that challenges preconceived ideas and beliefs. It can prompt you to make changes in your thoughts, your life, and in the society around you.

Critical thinking involves getting to the heart of an issue and figuring out what the real core issue is. Once you have done that and identified how your preconceived ideas, biases, emotions, and experiences influence your thinking, you can begin to question those assumptions and possibly change your thinking in a way that will help you find a solution to the problem.

You may find that an event or idea conflicts with your understanding of the world and makes you feel uncomfortable. If you can figure out why you feel uncomfortable, you might be able to look at the situation from a different perspective and come to a better understanding of it.

When you are learning to think critically, one of your most important goals should be to separate truth from misinformation, bias, or “conventional wisdom” that might be inaccurate. Consider the context and history of the situation and the people involved and their (and your own) assumptions. This can help you see an issue from an alternative perspective and look at it objectively so that you can arrive at a solution.