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Characteristics of Strong Critical Thinkers

Successful performance in business, health care, government service, and education requires fair-minded decision making, anticipation of consequences, and the evaluation of options and actions. Studies, have consistently shown that strength in critical thinking correlates with workplace and academic success, certification and licensure in the most valued professions, and survival of some of life’s most difficult challenges.

Strong critical thinkers demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Strong reasoning skills and thinking mindset are needed for decision strength. Insight Assessment
    inquisitiveness with regard to a wide range of issues
  • concern to become and remain well-informed
  • alertness to opportunities to use critical thinking
  • self-confidence in one’s own abilities to reason
  • open-mindedness regarding divergent world views
  • flexibility in considering alternatives and opinions
  • understanding of the opinions of other people
  • fair-mindedness in appraising reasoning
  • honesty in facing one’s own biases, prejudices, stereotypes, or egocentric tendencies
  • prudence in suspending, making or altering judgments
  • willingness to reconsider and revise views where honest reflection suggests that change is warranted

Based on the   APA Expert Consensus Delphi Report   description of strong critical thinkers.

People who cannot think as well as we need them to think, whether they are workers, parents, children, supervisors, teachers, soldiers or elders impact the success of our schools, businesses and society.

Individuals, small and large groups make progress when they make a commitment to improving thinking skills and mindset.

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