Critical Thinking Barriers

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1 Barriers to Critical Thinking Teri-Ann Phillip Instructor: James Nobis HUM/115 07/30/2015 Barriers to Critical Thinking There are many barriers that can, and do affect us from thinking critically. Mostly these barriers can impede our abilities and cause a lack of effectiveness in our decision-making skills. Can also result in poor choices that create undesired effects. It is best to think things through to the best of one's abilities. The Self-Serving Bias One barrier to critical thinking is self-serving biases. I had this theory that if my actions do not need to be rationalized if the motives are good. The characteristics of others even post a threat. These situations can cause us to develop a self-serving attitude.…show more content…
There are many aspects of emotional influences such as depression, anger, and passion. Emotions have the ability to get the best of us. It is easy to be swayed by how we feel. It is hard to make critical decisions when one is angry or upset. Things are not rational and have a tendency to become clouded and unclear. If this happens, it is best to step back from the situation and wait until your emotions have calmed. I for one, have much experience as an emotional thinker, and it has caused me nothing but anguish. As Ridel (2015) described, "There are shaping agents that hinder our thinking skills to become critical thinkers" (p.27). I have learned from my mistakes and improved my ability to calm my emotions and carry on a mature conversation, without ruining it by having an emotional outburst due to my bias opinions on the matter at hand. It has made me a much better communicator and allowed me to think much more…show more content…
* Objective 2: An examination of how each of the barriers can be overcome is present. * Objective 3: A total word count of at least 200 words is met. | Teri-Ann, Good depth on describing your two barriers. Your first barrier (self serving bias) is one that affects the majority of us; whether we admit it or not. I like your strategy of accepting that no one is perfect. Here is a parting consideration. Do you think it is truly possible to overcome this barrier? Why? Objective 1: You listed two personal barriers – self-serving bias and emotionsObjective 2: You described each barrier in over 100 words each. Objective 3: You also discussed how the barriers could be overcome.

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