Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills

Critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and a host of other practical skills can be used to improve our lives as soon as we start using them.

These skills can be described, taught, learned, practiced and improved. We usually think of skills being associated with sports or physical activity. The skills I am suggesting, such as analyzing propaganda or distinguishing between form and substance, are mental skills.

The number of skills you acquire and correctly use will greatly influence how successful you will be physically, mentally, financially, socially and as a steward of the environment.

The Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Factor:

We can also explore the following:

  • Human consequences matrix
  • Faith/authority – science continuum
  • Semantics
  • Science as a method
  • Basic statistics
  • Propaganda Analysis
  • Experimentation
  • Advertising
  • Fallacies of logic
  • Asking correct questions
  • Unintended consequences
  • Concrete verses abstract/”fuzzy” words
  • Questioning beliefs
  • Discrimination
  • Over-generalizing
  • Evolution – revolution continuum
  • Interpretation verses fact
  • First impressions
  • Facts, inferences and value-judgments
  • How to run a meeting
  • Fact verses opinion
  • Contingency planning
  • Personal research
  • Paradigms, mindsets
  • Perspectives
  • Beliefs-> decisions-> actions-> consequences
  • Operational definitions
  • Prioritizing
  • An answer or the answer
  • Win-win negotiations
  • Inductive – deductive reasoning
  • Cause and effect verses correlation
  • Means and ends
  • Form verses substance
  • Change as a constant
  • Open mind to alternatives
  • Relativity verses absolutism/authoritarianism
  • Creativity
  • Making and using lists
  • Vested interests
  • Mental practice
  • Varieties of experiences
  • Formal – informal language
  • Labeling
  • The power of questions
  • Travel
  • Specificity
  • Performance verses status or “degree”
  • Sleep on it
  • Inquisitiveness (like a child)