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Running Head CRITICAL THINKING STYLES AND FORCES OF INFLUENCE Critical Thinking Styles and Forces of Influence by MGT 350 Our basic concept of critical thinking is at root simple We could define it as the art of taking charge of your own mind Its value is also at root simple if we can take charge of our own minds we can take charge of our lives we can improve them bringing them under our self-command and direction McCall and Kaplan 1990 Of course this requires that we learn self-discipline and the art of self-examination This involves becoming interested in how our minds work how we can monitor fine tune and modify their operations for the better It involves getting into the habit of reflectively examining our impulsive and accustomed ways of thinking and acting in every dimension of our lives and business Many various Forms of Thinking affect the way we rationalize problems and situations We could approach a problem by utilizing the forms such as in a logical scientific persuasive or creative fashion University of Phoenix 2000 The way we approach a problem or situation can be and is very important In addition all that we do we do based on some motivations or reasons that are forces which influence our ways of thinking However we rarely examine our motivations to see if they make sense We rarely scrutinize our reasons critically to see if they are rationally justified Some of the forces that influence are thinking can be gender culture ethnicity religion race economic status ethics etc University of Phoenix 2000 As consumers for example we sometimes buy things impulsively and uncritically without stopping to determine whether we really need what we are inclined to buy whether we can afford it whether its good for our health or whether the price is competitive As parents we often respond to our children impulsively
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