When thinking critically, it is impossible to say that many of us have not come to some kind of barrier in our thought process. Not to say that we cannot overcome them though. All of us have opinions and ideas on just about everything and anything. And those opinions and thoughts could be something that is ingrained in your very being or something you picked up along your path.
Those opinions and ideas could be holding you back from thinking critically, even though you may not be aware of it. Though there are more barriers that inhibit critical thinking then I can count on my fingers and toes, some familiar and popular barriers one may face are egotistical thinking, self-serving bias, and of course, emotional…
Some can’t deal with the idea of seeming inadequate in any way. Others feel the need to overcompensate. These factors, among others, lead to individuals lying or finding excuses for their shortcomings. My mother, for example, has an excuse for everything.
Sometimes it seems like every conversation we have is her complaining about some aspect of her life, and then coming off with an excuse to validate the complaint. It is incredibly frustrating. This example is a sure way to prohibit one’s own critical thinking abilities.
Serving oneself with affirmations regardless of the outcome is selfish and unfair. In order to overcome this self-serving bias, you have to relinquish thoughts of inadequacy and accept that no one is perfect. Frankly, it’s unfair to yourself and others to never take the blame for your wrongdoings or mistakes.
Having the ability to know you have “goofed” and find a way to improve, so it never happens again, is actually critically thinking. You are aware and accepting of the problem and devise a solution. It’s much more progressive and thought-provoking to fix and issue rather than ignore it, or place blame elsewhere.
There are many barriers to critical thinking. Barriers can distort your thinking a great deal. The way we are raised by our parents when are children can determine our religion, our political views, the way we view the world, and ultimately shapes our thinking and who we are as individuals.
Our upbringing shapes our fears, our self-concept, and also shapes our emotions. Barriers can range from family, friends, peer pressure, the media, and so many more.
To become a successful critical thinker, you have to face yourself and be completely honest with yourself. You have to do this so you can figure out exactly which barriers personally shapes your thinking. There are many barriers to critical thinking. Barriers can distort your thinking a great deal. The way we are raised by our parents when we are children can determine our religion, our political views, the way we view the world, and ultimately shapes our thinking and who we are as individuals.
Our upbringing shapes our fears, our self-concept, and also shapes our emotions. Barriers can range from family, friends, peer pressure, the media, and so many more. To become a successful critical thinker, you have to face yourself and be completely honest with yourself.
You have to do this so you can figure out exactly which barriers personally shapes your thinking. some more specific barriers are enculturation, self-concepts, ego defenses, self-serving bias, emotional influences, and the list goes on! I am going to describe the three barriers that influence my personal thinking. Self-concept is one of my biggest personal barriers. Self-concept is the way we view ourselves. I view myself in a negative way.
I do not think I’m smart or pretty, and I realize that the way that I view myself is really unhealthy. I also view myself as an Ohio State fan, the average student, a middle-class family, a Christian, an American, and someone who values honesty and respect. Traits, physical things, values, and affiliations define everyone, including me, and form our self- concept. I know I defend these components as I would defend myself because these elements define who I am.
Since these things define who I am I do not think critically about them, my emotions get involved, and I begin to use ego-defense mechanisms, self-serving biases, and that begins to distort reality to make sure that I am comfortable and to make sure I am “right.” Emotional influences are another one of my personal barriers. I am a very emotional and passionate person. I also suffer from depression and anger issues. Emotions can cause a lot of problems for a lot of individuals in the world including myself.
When trying to think critically emotions tend to cloud your head and begin to distort reality and influence your thoughts without you even realizing it. If I feel strongly about an issue, I will defend it till I can not talk anymore. I am very stubborn and bullheaded. I am passionate about many things, and I know that being passionate about some people can end up hurting me in the long run. But passion and selfishness can blind your intelligence. Depression is a personal barrier that runs in my family. With depression I have a hard time looking at the bright side of any situation, some days are better than others. The negative always outweighs the positive in my eyes.
Stress is the last of my personal barriers I am going to share with you. Too much stress can cause a lot of psychological or physical strain on your mind and body. Stress comes in many shapes and sizes. My main stress triggers are work, school, family issues, boyfriend, and there are many more. I know it sounds silly, but stress contributes to between 60 to 80 percent of diseases. Stress can obstruct our ability to make decisions.
When I am under stress I have a tendency to snap at people when I do not mean to, I tend to cry a lot, and those things stress me out more. I work with people with developmental disabilities, and it is stressful, but it has also taught me patience. I work full-time and go to school full time. My boyfriend is in the Marine Corps and is currently stationed in California. Having a long-distance relationship is extremely stressful and hard.
I can overcome this barrier by thinking critically is the issue worth debating about? Does this directly affect me or my well being? Is it worth getting upset about? Many of these elements do not directly affect me, so these elements are not worth debating. I deal with my depression by spending time with my family and the few friends I have. I like to listen to music and spend time with my boyfriend when I am feeling depressed. I can overcome these emotional barriers by stepping back and looking at the bigger picture.
When I feel like my emotions are getting out of hand, step back, breathe, think about the situation rationally before things get out of control. I am beginning to overcome stress by working out. I work out about five to six times a week. When I work out it feels as if the stress completely disappears, and I feel so much better inside and out. The gym has become my escape from all the stressors in my life.
Critical thinking helps thinkers to act instead of reacting. Reacting results in hasty decisions that are not always well-thought-out. Quick decisions can lead to errors or cause more problems. Evaluating the decision is important to the decision-making process. During reflections a thinker can rethink what the outcome was and if the problem could have been addressed in a better manner.
By evaluating decisions a thinker is learning what works and what does not work, therefore, fostering successful problem-solving and decision-making skills. However, critical thinking can be damaged or affected by…
The understanding of others is a welcomed benefit. Although experience is a wonderful teacher, if it is filtered through a biased or distorted view, that is how it is remembered. Self- delusion supports self-delusion. Create an open mind and question logic by asking again and again, “Am I thinking logically and rationally”. This is called a sanity check. Another good sanity check is choosing friends and colleagues who will speak truthfully, not just echoing words of affirmation.
These friends are priceless as sounding boards for a stream of thought and rational thinking. Scheduled pressure can be an enemy of sound critical thinking. They can lead to cutting corners which may lead to making mistakes and poor decision making. Stress can also lead to mistakes and bad decision making. Procrastination at times is a result of not knowing where to start can result in more stress and cutting corners.
To overcome this barrier is as simple as proper planning and execution. Group thinking is a danger to critical thinking. Critical thinking by its very nature questions ideas, opinions, and thoughts of oneself and others. It uses internal and external reflection. Sources include radio, television, newspaper, magazines, and the internet to reflect what is called normal thinking.
The first barrier that influences my thought would be. Credibility holding to be raised with parents that underestimate the importance of honestness has really affected and impact my critical of believing. Turning up in this environment was hard for me because I learn to believe like my parents. As a kid. I used to believe that everything another child told me was nontrue and I couldn’t swear them. As I got older. it became an issue in my personal life.
When a person comes to me and inquires me to make something I would do certain that I went to the higher foreman. to do certain what I was told to make was believable. I have learned to hold some credibility with some close friends and household but ever doing certain that there is credibleness to the narrative.
The 2nd barrier that influences my thought would be fear. Fear has been an influence in my thought because fright has stopped me from making things that I know I have the capability of.
I ever think a batch when I come to a point in my life to make good or to travel in front of life. for illustration me traveling back to school after 22 old ages. people would believe that I was merely lazy. and I didn’t want to go on with my instruction for a better life. but that was my fright that that halt me from making what I like or to better my instruction. it was a fright of frailer in my life.
My 3rd barrier would be laziness. Laziness has influenced my thought in a manner of doing me believe that I don’t do things because I’m lazy. I have to learn to cognize the power in myself and get the better of my indolence in my life. as a kid, I was ever told that I was lazy by my instructors. my 3rd class instructor would ever hit me in my caput and state me that I was lazy. so that stayed in my head and made me believe that I was lazy. But now as a grownup, I do my best to seek non to believe that I’m lazy.
Example #5 – Barriers and Obstacles to Critical Thinking
Reacting results in hasty decisions that are not always well-thought-out. Quick decisions can lead to errors or cause more problems. Evaluating the decision is important to the decision-making process.
During reflections a thinker can rethink what the outcome was and if the problem could have been addressed in a better manner. By evaluating decisions a thinker is learning what works and what does not work, therefore, fostering successful problem-solving and decision-making skills.
However, critical thinking can be damaged or affected by known or unknown barrier s. These barriers include but are not limited to egocentric thinking, social thinking, biases, arrogance, pressures, group thinking, and drone mentality. (Problem -Solving Techniques, 2009).
Egocentric thinking is seeing everything in relation to oneself. Such individuals are self-centered and concerned about their interests. This impedes the use of critical thinking. It is very difficult for many people to identify this characteristic within themselves.
They are closed-minded to the thoughts and ideas of others. This damages their critical thinking abilities. Open-minded thinking is one of the fundamental critical thinking skills. The best defense to minimizing thinking egocentrically is to be aware of it and to be mindful of the needs of others. In essence, to continually strive towards viewing ideas and concepts from multiple viewpoints.
Social thinking can be harmful to critical thinking skills as well. All humans are unique. Age, IQ, race, genes, gender, culture, family, friends, and a wide array of other factors have a dramatic effect on world views and social interaction. Critical thinking is hindered when the world and people in it are viewed from biased conditioning without learning the…