The practice of honesty in critical thinking also extends to how one looks within oneself to embrace what resides there.
It takes into account the processes behind managing our emotions, controlling our impulses, and recognizing any attempts at self-deception.
It’s also thinking in a self-regulated and self-corrective manner—essentially, thinking on purpose.
Critical thinking involves mindful forms of communication, problem-solving, and a freedom from any bias or egocentric tendency.
However, if you look closely you’ll see a common thread among them: they all support the notion that thinking critically requires discipline.
Regardless of what images that particular word conjures up, the fact is real critical thinking requires a level of self-discipline and awareness, not to mention practice and perseverance.
Critical thinking also means not taking anything at face value.
It means always asking questions and exploring all sides of an issue, and appreciating the deeper facts hiding in everything.
They bring assumptions and implications of ideas and actions to the surface, and challenge them if needed.”—In the Critical Thinking Teacher’s Companion, we define critical thinking as clear, rational, logical, and independent.
It’s about improving thinking by analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing how we think.