Mgt 350 Critical Thinking

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Pessimism in Critical Thinking Pessimism is usually seen as a negative trait or value. When used in critical thinking it has the ability to hone in on issues that could arise. It can increase the perception of problems and bring to light more ways a problem could be solved. According to Pritchett (2007), there are three steps in using defensive pessimism that could be used in critical thinking. The first is to set low expectations and presume things will turn out poorly. The second step is to review all the bad outcomes that might occur. This step is very similar to evaluating the decision in the decision making steps used in business. The third step is to mentally rehearse how to handle the various problems, and get a clear sense of what gives the best shot at success. This is another example of how businesses will follow up with the decisions and use critical thinking to try and foresee any issues that may arise. While optimism tends to sugarcoat problems and critical details are glanced over, pessimism brings out those issues but could be to downbeat and make it seem as there is not a solution to a problem. Realism would be the neutral, more scientific objective. A company has decided that it wants to build two new stores in six months. If thinking pessimistically about it, the stores would probably never get built because the issues would be so abundant that the plans would never be finalized. There could be issues with money, location, management, economy, etc. If thought about in a realistic sense then the answers to the best way to handle all of those situations would apparent and the plans for building could be set into
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