Another large part of critical thinking is the ability to explain why you are doing something with a careful, reasoned explanation (rather than simply saying “Because I felt like it” or “Someone told me to do it”). While this may sound rather lofty, at the same time your explanation should be clear and orderly. It should reflect a clear line of thought, traceable back to factual premises, and it sticks to the facts as well as the topic at hand. Irrelevant information, ideas that don’t flow, or off-topic tangents are another sign of a poor argument.
Have you ever encountered someone who replied to a question without actually answering it? Did they get off-topic or immediately shift to a whole new topic? Critical thinking ensures you stay on-point. Steering the person back to the question not only demonstrates a sharp mind but simply gets you an answer to your question.
Did the person answer your question with a lot of jargon—for example, technical terms only known by experts, with vague terms or cliché or without a clear beginning or end to their answer? In other words, did they provide deliberately sloppy or confusing answers? Ask them to make their answer clearer, sticking to simple terms. Critical thinking is not (always) a matter of complex language, fancy terms, or long-winded responses. Clarity of thought and communication is a hallmark of critical thinking.
Brainstorming is much more than just presenting ideas, but it is a way of developing more creative ideas in a short time. Every person is creative and is cable of advancing their creative skills. There are several ways to stimulate creativity according to psychology—hence helping you to have better critical thinking skills. These methods include:
● Remember ideas – always ensure you have a pen and paper. Ideas come at any time, and the best way is to note them down immediately to enable you to remember them later by referring to them.
● Challenge yourself – try to do something outside your comfort zone to stimulate new ideas. A new challenge stimulates the brain to get creative solutions that may also have a positive effect in other areas.
● Widen knowledge and skills – applying knowledge and skills to new situations is called creativity. Learn new skills by attending seminars, reading or watching documentaries. Stay open to learning new things—hence stimulating your brain to be more creative in thinking.
● Stimuli – creativity is promoted in an environment with stimuli like music. Stimuli provide impulses for the brain to be more creative in thinking.